Young carers in West Norfolk have received a welcome £8,000 boost from factory staff who made the organisation their charity of the year.

Workers at Wingland Foods, of Sutton Bridge, supported the King’s Lynn-based charity throughout 2013.

They spent £2,000 on equipment and toys and on Monday staff presented £6,000 as their final donation.

Sam Hammad from the company visited the charity at Thoresby College at Christmas and presented a host of items including a Blu-ray 3D player, CD player, TV/DVD combo set, an Xbox with games and a range of leisure and kitchen equipment.

The charity helps 55 young carers and relies on funding, donations and fundraising activities to ensure the young carers can continue to access much-needed support and social activities.

It has been significantly affected by funding cuts, but the help from Wingland Foods means the charity can continue to develop and maintain its service.

The young carers team met representatives from the factory and created a wish list of items which would improve each session and allow sports activities in the summer.

All the donations were aimed at helping to improve young carers’ life skills which are important with some of the roles the youngsters have to carry out at home.

By December, the factory had completed the wish list and presented each young carer with a Christmas present. Staff also  made it possible for 35 young carers to attend a pantomime, which was in danger of not happening due to funding cuts.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Wingland Foods have made young carers’ Christmas this year and we at West Norfolk young carers can’t thank them enough.

“The donations they have made will make such a difference to  every young carer we currently support and many who we will support in the coming year.”