Kind-hearted volunteers in Powys have come forward to support their local communities in their droves, new figures have shown.

Vulnerable people in the county have enjoyed the goodwill of 2,078 volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic, according the a new report by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

While Cardiff had the most volunteers – 5,000 – and Swansea the second most with nearly 2,500, Powys was the third highest area – and relative to the population size it was way out in front.

Volunteers have registered to help people in need, befriending the vulnerable, checking on the welfare of local people, shopping for those who need it, collecting patients from hospitals, collecting prescriptions and helping out in the community kitchens and foodbanks.

Member of the Welsh Parliament Russell George said: “These incredible figures show that the people of Powys have stepped up to the plate and showed their generosity of spirit in helping other people in their communities who find themselves in need at this very challenging time.

"It is an incredible response from Powys' residents who have been determined to help where they can and in so doing, have made Powys the third best area in Wales for volunteering. Congratulations to you all and thank you for what you are doing."