A DAD-of-three showed his appreciation to hard working NHS staff by creating a special message on his home.

John Sandall, who lives at Vicarage Park in Ffynnongroyw, painted a huge rainbow and the words "thank you" on the side of his property recently.

Mr Sandall, 76, lives at the park with his wife Elaine and his three sons live in Prestatyn.

He explained: "My wife is disabled and she was very poorly. She was in Holywell Hospital for four months. "Then this virus came along and by luck we got her out of the hospital before it all took hold - otherwise I would not have been able to see her. "So she's safe at home here and I wanted to do something to say thank you to the NHS. "I was a painter and decorator by trade - I started when I was 15.

"I did a sketch first, then coloured it in. I think it took about four hours altogether and I am very happy with it. "All of my neighbours are too. When the district nurses come to care for my wife they have all been over the moon and they have taken photos of it.

"It's just my way of doing my little bit to say thank you."

Speaking of how he and his fellow Vicarage Park neighbours collectively show their appreciation, the Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir member added: "We're out every Thursday clapping and we all bang our saucepans and spoons too."

David Prince, owner of Vicarage Park, said: "I think what John has done is superb. It's a truly magnificent tribute to the NHS."