The Hexham Courant has launched a community appeal last week, aimed at celebrating special citizens across the Tyne Valley.

This week, Prudhoe resident Wayne Bond has been nominated for his commitment to celebrating the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

Wayne, who works as a DJ and karate instructor, is well known in the town for his spectacular light shows and Halloween experiences, which he has used over the years to help good causes.

Last year, his 30-minute Christmas lightshow helped gather up a huge number of donations for the Prudhoe branch of the West Northumberland Food Bank, while his Halloween Horror Experience raised more than £500 for Emily’s Journey, a fund-raising campaign for Emily Rudsdale (9), from Prudhoe, who was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer this July.

And Wayne decided to put his talents to good use once again, when he created a projection on his neighbour's house to thank NHS staff for their work on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.

The display encouraged passers-by to get involved with the clap for carers event on Thursday, March 26

Wayne said: "I'm at home self-isolating, and there's not much I can do from here.

"Heart and Capital were doing the round of applause and making some noise for carers.

"My neighbour across the road, his wife and daughter are both nurses working in critical care, so I asked if I could put it on his house and he said yes straight away.

"It cheered up all the nurses on the ward. It was meant to be very quick, so people can just see it when they went past."

"I love this area, and we've all got to do our bit. It was a nice way to say thanks and I enjoyed making it."