The current situation with Covid-19 is unprecedented and will be one of the biggest challenges our hospital, community teams and the NHS as a whole will have ever faced.

But every day we are reminded by our local community how much the local health service means to them.

People have been so generous with donations, gifts and messages of support. Over the last week we have seen an increase in donations online and people have been asking how they can help.

Our duty of care is to our patients and to you our supporters and we have not wanted to ask too much of you, but you are now asking how you can help financially and showing us you want to. So in response we have launched a COVID support appeal that will raise money to support the staff and patients on our wards and community teams impacted by the virus.

Please don't worry if you can't help us financially we don't ever want to put your family at risk, all we ask is you share this far and wide and send us messages of love and support to our staff.

We are proud to be part of our amazing community, of the NHS and particularly to be part of the Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust family.