The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust has received a generous donation from a local firm to fuel a country-wide Santa dash delivering presents to sick teens.

Armitage Bridge architectural firm One 17 Design is supporting the Fuel The Sleigh campaign by providing urgently needed funds for fuel for the trip.

The appeal aims to deliver presents to young cancer patients spending Christmas in hospital.

One 17 Design donated £1,000 to the charity in time for Christmas.

Pam Thornes, from the Huddersfield-based cancer charity, said: “It’s not so much about the presents this appeal, but for fuel.

Laura Crane Trust Manager, Pam Thornes

“Without fuel there’s no way of delivering the presents to these young people.

“We are very thankful to One 17 for supporting the trust and our campaign this year.

“This company is kindly helping us in our aim to support young people with cancer at Christmas.”

The Christmas campaign funded by company sponsors has been running for several years.

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The charity said: “Clinical hospital wards, stands dripping chemicals into their young bodies and tubular metal beds don’t exactly create a fun-filled, high spirited festive atmosphere – and no way will hospital food compare to a traditional Christmas dinner at home.

“To try to brighten up their day, we have ensured that each and every young cancer patient spending Christmas day in hospital has received a special ‘surprise’ gift.

“Over this period we have sent more than 2,500 gifts ranging from mp3 players, HMV gift vouchers and donated goodies all added to their Christmas box.”