YOUNG carers and their families in Craven are set to have some of the Christmas stress lifted thanks to a special delivery.

For Carers’ Resource, which has a base at Broughton and supports young carers, has received a bumper donation.

Staff are now distributing 90 food hampers and 155 gifts – all thanks to the generosity of staff at the Department for Work and Pensions in Leeds.

Chris Whiley, director of Carers’ Resource, said: “The DWP in Leeds has continued to support young carers and their selfless generosity allows all of our young carers and families to have a happy Christmas.

“For these families to receive a food hamper it really means so much to them, as their Christmas can be so different to many other people’s experience at this time of year, and this support and recognition makes a big difference.”

Hampers include everything needed for a traditional festive family meal and gifts, including toys, games and books for children.

Laura Frith, young carer and family worker at Carers’ Resource, said: “At this time of year, we are surrounded by images of perfect families enjoying a perfect Christmas, but the reality for young carers can be very different, so for some it can be a challenging time emotionally, as well as financially.

“It is such a privilege to distribute these presents and hampers because it makes such a difference to families to know people care.

“The people who work in the DWP across Yorkshire allow this to happen for our families, and for that we are forever grateful. Now we can play Santa’s elves and bring Christmas cheer to all our families.”