BANGOR City president Domenico Serafino has made a substantial donation to Ysbyty Gwynedd’s intensive care unit.

The Italian native has pledged £5,000 to help the National Health Service’s frontline response to the coronavirus pandemic, which is taking up a significant amount of resources across the country.

Mr Serafino, said: “After my son Francesco joined Bangor Football Club, he told me about the problems the club was going through.

“I was only too happy to help the club by investing in it after learning about its history and what it means to the local community here in North West Wales.

"I want to support the Intensive Care Unit in Bangor’s Ysbyty Gwynedd now because I really care about the community here.

“I can see what has happened in Italy, and I want to help the patients and staff in the only way I can.

“It’s my way of trying to keep a wonderful community, which is very dear to my family’s heart, strong.”

The musician released an emotional statement last week regarding the impact Covid-19 has had on his homeland and made the four-figure donation to ease the financial burden during a difficult time for hospital staff.

Katherine Evans, the Sister on Cybi Ward, added: “Acts of kindness and compassion like this really help the staff on the ward feel appreciated and valued. More importantly, the money raised will help us to give the very best care possible for our patients.

“Whilst the NHS is putting huge additional resource into our operations, this extremely generous donation will greatly help us to provide the additional items and extra support needed that goes over and above what the NHS can provide. This donation will really make a difference.

“We’re all so grateful here on the ward. Thank you, Domenico.”

Anyone wishing to donate can text "Awyr Las CV19" to 70500 to give £5, and all proceeds will go towards the Covid-19 relief fund.