Fundraising page started to thank staff working 'tirelessly' through coronavirus pandemic

A fundraiser to help support NHS staff working on the front line amid the coronavirus pandemic has been set up by a health board in west Wales.

It comes as the number of cases in Wales continues to rise with more than 1,500 cases across the country.

Hywel Dda University Health Board, which has 94 cases of the virus, said its staff are doing an "amazing job" caring for patients of Covid-19 during a time when there is "increased demand and increased pressure".

It said donations will be used to make sure staff and volunteers have "everything they need" to care for those affected by coronavirus.

The health board said staff have asked for refreshments, including high-energy drinks and proteinbars; and toiletries, so they can shower before going home to their families.

More than £1500 has been raised so far.

The health board said the money will not be used to pay for items and services that the government and NHS have committed to funding.

A photo collage tribute of NHS workers was made by artist Nathan Wyburn in recognition of their 'hard work, courage & heart' Credit: Nathan Wyburn

People also used the opportunity while donating to thank staff.

Loretta Evans said, "Stay safe stay well ladies and gents , thank you for all my care I’ve had in the past."

Another said, "Keep up with the amazing work in trying to help the many patients that might come your way recover from this horrendous virus. Keep safe all the amazing staff."

"You are all amazing - you always have been - but now you are going completely over and above the call of duty", another added.

The health board said money from the fundraising campaign will help cover some costs for workers as well as making sure they feel "valued and cared for" as well as supporting their mental health.

A link to the fundraising page can be found here.