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'Thank you' messages left for waste collection crews working during the coronavirus outbreak

Personal messages have been left for waste collection crews across Wales to say thank you for their work during the coronavirus outbreak.

Since the outbreak and lockdown imposed by the UK government, waste collection crews are continuing to collect bins to ensure there isn't a build-up on the streets.

It started after parents and children in Pentyrch, Radyr, Fairwater and Creigiau attached morale-boosting pictures and messages to their green recycling bags and wheeled bins.

Messages of thanks have been left around the Cardiff are Credit: Cardiff Council.

Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and the Environment, said keeping spirits high in the workforce is key.

The crews are very grateful indeed for the messages that they have received. It’s just fantastic to see children and probably a few adults too leaving messages for the crews to show their appreciation. The Council aims to carry on delivering essential services to residents during the outbreak.

– Cllr Michael Michael

Later, the same kind gestures popped up in North Wales.

Photos taken at Bro Llwyndu, Penygroes, near Caernarfon, showed several messages of support taped to recycling bins.

Several families told how their children have cheered and clapped workers on their rounds to show their appreciation.

Messages of support have been showing up in North Wales too.

Communities across the country have been coming together to show gratitude to people working throughout the pandemic.

Six-year-old Belle Powell drew pictures of rainbows and heartsto show her support for healthcare workers. After sticking them on her window in Cardiff, she received a heartfelt letter from a medic thanking her. It prompted others to do the same.

Similarly, there have been acts of support for NHS staff across the country. Last weekend staff at a Tesco store in Swansea stopped to applaud NHS workers as they arrived to do their shopping.

Six-year-old Belle Powell drew pictures of rainbows and hearts to show her support for healthcare workers. Credit: Duncan Powell

Just last week, people across Wales and the UK took part in a mass round of applause for the frontline healthcare heroes risking their own lives battling the coronavirus pandemic.

The Clap For Carers initiative saw residents applauding from their doorsteps, window and balconies at 8pm with some venturing into the streets, and motorists joining in by tooting their horns.