CHARITY supporters in Huddersfield have raised thousands to help young cancer patients.

Staff and customers of Yorkshire Building Society branches spent December working together to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The charity works to improve the lives of the 2,100 teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year.

The Huddersfield branches became fundraising hotspots and dedicated the festive period to selling cuddly reindeers and retro badges. They also organised raffles and coffee mornings to raise a total of £6,500.

The cash was added to the totals raised by other Yorkshire, Barnsley and Chelsea Building Society branches across the country, reaching a grand total of £100,000.

Every penny raised by staff and donated by customers was matched pound for pound by Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

Ros Emson, manager of the New Street branch, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the amazing amount raised.

“The cash will be given to the Trust’s annual gathering that brings together over 400 young people who have, or have had cancer,” she said.

“The charity funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals designed with teenagers in mind.”