Welsh stars come together for poetry reading to raise money for NHS charities

Welsh stars joined ordinary people to thank the NHS Credit: Poem for Welsh Heroes

Welsh stars of stage, screen and sport have joined forces to read a poem to help raise money for the Welsh NHS.

Actors Michael Sheen and Griff Rhys Jones, together with rugby players Shane Williams and Jonathan Davies, were among the celebrities taking part.

Hollywood star Michael Sheen took part in the reading

The work - entitled 'Poem For Welsh Heroes' - was written by Donna Ashworth.

The High Sherriff of South Glamorgan, Andrew Rhys Howell, invited some well-known Welsh figures to get involved.

"The poem captures the Welsh spirit, hwyl and passion that we all feel towards our dedicated frontline, that we are so proud of", Mr Howell said.

Twenty two well-known faces contributed to the reading, many recording contributions from their living rooms.

Wales rugby legend Jonathan 'Jiffy' Davies admitted his poetry-reading was a bit rusty. But he said the reading was for a "great cause."

The money raised in the appeal will be split equally between the seven local health board charitable funds in Wales including Velindre and the Welsh Ambulance Service.