Hundreds of vulnerable families are set to receive books, craft materials, games, puzzles and toys thanks to the generosity of Norfolk businesses.

Norfolk County Council, working with district authorities, appealed for donations to support youngsters with their learning at home during the pandemic and help to keep them entertained over the summer.

The council said the response had been “fantastic”, with donations from around 15 businesses providing enough new materials for hundreds of activity packs to be made up.

Special thanks went to ExaClair, based on the Hardwick Industrial Estate in King’s Lynn, after it donated thousands of much-needed stationery and art items.

Charities across Norfolk, including The Benjamin Foundation, Carers Matter and Homestart, will help to distribute the packages to families identified as being in need and they will begin to arrive in the coming weeks.

John Fisher, council cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The number of donations we’ve received is incredible; amazing businesses stepping up to help the most vulnerable children families in the county. We know that children have missed out on being in school over the last few months, and these resources will enable families to help their children keep learning over the summer.”

Among the businesses and individuals to contribute to the scheme were Crane Sheds, based in Narford, Morrisons, McColls and West Norfolk artist Lucy Jacklin.