A Welsh Ambulance worker has thanked the nation for its "strength and unity" through the coronavirus crisis in an emotional open letter.

The letter was in response to the thousands of people in Wales who joined others around the UK who applauded NHS staff and other key workers on Thursday evening.

Streets and entire neighbourhoods erupted with the sound of claps and cheers for a second time, after the first Clap for Carers was held last week.

The Welsh Ambulance worker said they were "immensely humbled and proud of the gesture".

In the open letter, they added: "I stood on my street and clapped as loud as I could to show my thanks to all the other key workers around the country who are providing vital services at a difficult time to ensure the country keeps on going.

"And to a nation that has shown a strength and unity to be proud of."

The worker also reminded the public that "every one of us across the whole country is an essential worker with a vital job to do."

They continued: "We are all doing our bit in whatever way we can. I know it, my friends and colleagues know it too, so once again please accept our thanks and appreciation for your support and kindness through these troubling times."

The full letter read:

I was humbled and immensely proud of the gesture of clapping made by the nation on Thursday evening, I stood on my street and clapped as loud as I could to show my thanks to all the other key workers around the country who are providing vital services at a difficult time to ensure the country keeps on going. And to a nation that has shown a strength and unity to be proud of.

Anonymous Welsh Ambulance employee