CUDWORTH and Dearne fire cadets have been spreading festive cheer by delivering Christmas gifts to care home residents across the borough.

The youngsters funded the gifts with £600 they raised through donations and the sale of handmade Christmas cards.

They delivered around 200 presents in total to residents at four different care homes across Barnsley.

Then they handed the remaining gifts out to members of their local community who were facing a lonely and isolated festive period.

Once they’d delivered the gifts they also took the time to talk to the residents and get them involved in a singing carols all in a Covid-secure way.

Fleur Holland, the watch manager, worked with the fire cadets on their project.

She said: “I’m so proud of them all for what they have done to raise £600 was one thing but to then buy and deliver around 200 gifts was an amazing gesture.

“Thinking about it still makes me emotional. The pandemic has limited what we can do but we refused to be beaten.

“It’s never been more important to share some Christmas joy and we’re glad, thanks to everyone who supported us, including our chief fire officer, we’ve been able to do that.”

Their latest effort, to raise the £600 for Christmas gifts, is the second fundraiser they’ve done this year. In May they raised £700 for The Fire Fighters Charity.