I am writing today to share the sad news that The National Wales is closing. We are so grateful for your support since the title launched 18 months ago.

We have achieved much. Our journalism has helped hold our governments to account, we have covered issues few others cared about and told stories no one else would.

I am hugely proud of all the journalists and contributors to the title over that time and I want to say thank you for helping us to tell those stories.

Wales deserves a strong national media and we will continue to play a part in that through our Welsh language site Corgi.Cymru.

Journalists across Wales will keep championing and reporting on their communities on our local sister titles too, from the Western Telegraph in Pembrokeshire, and the Leader in Wrexham to the South Wales Argus in Newport.

The National was created to be primarily a subscriptions site. Not being solely dependent on big audiences needed for advertising would give us space to tell important, sometimes complex stories. That way, we could carve out a distinctive space in the market. We have certainly done that.

From our launch day deep-dive into whether devolution had saved lives in the panedemic to probing MPs' second incomes and investigating the toxic legacy of polluting factories

We have told stories others didn't and given a voice to many, from victims of the spycops scandal to the daughter of a man who suffered a miscarriage of justice

We shone a spotlight on Welsh sport, from the JD Cymru Premier, to highlighting the importance, and complexities, of the Commonwealth Games

We've platformed opinions from big political figures such as Leanne Wood and Carwyn Jones and new voices such as Theo Davies-Lewis, Leena Farhat and Mel Owen

And we've championed the environment with our National Environmental Awards and by covering campaigns across Wales by people seeking to save their wildlife and green spaces.

Sadly, this year we’ve seen subscriptions fall. It’s hard for everyone right now and we understand that. But it means the site has become unsustainable.

Subscribers will be refunded anything owed after today. But, if you believe in the power of journalism, and you can afford it, please consider continuing to support organisations that produce original news content.

Of course, we’d like you to support one of our local sister titles, but however you choose to do it, please value and support original Welsh journalism.

Like you, I am sad that The National is ending. But I am proud of all we’ve done, and that we gave it our best.

Diolch yn fawr.