LIFE is hard enough when money is short, but at Christmas it can be even more difficult as the shops are filled with luxury goods that are out of reach of many families.

So staff at Yeovil-based Yarlington Housing Group made the decision this year to put the needs of local families before their own, and have used the money that they would have spent on corporate Christmas cards to help give local people a treat at Christmas time.

Staff at the company often support the locally based Lord’s Larder charity with donations from their own homes, but this year a vanload of Christmas fare was donated for the hampers destined for those in financial difficulty.

The Lord’s Larder is a local 'bank' of non-perishable food operated by volunteers from churches in and around Yeovil.

Yarlington financial officer, Janet Howarth, who helped with the special delivery, said: “I see many cases of financial hardship in my work, it is so sad particularly at this time of year for those with children.

“I am delighted that we have been able to help in this way and put the money to such good use, it will make a real difference to so many families this Christmas.”