A SOMERSET estate agency has raised £1,000 to support a charity which provides support to families with young children during lockdown.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt (GTH), which has branches in Minehead and Williton, has enjoyed a busy trading period since the first lockdown was eased and was keen to spread its success by helping Home-Start West Somerset.

The charity's workload has increased 160 per cent since lockdown and has had to switch from a home visiting model to phone and online support.

The charity has been working hard to help parents to cope with new demands such as home schooling and also assisted with food box deliveries along with nappies and medicines and resources to keep youngsters entertained.

Clare Pound, manager of Home-Start West Somerset, said: “It’s all been very tough and hard work, but we’ve absolutely loved being out there, being helpful, and experiencing this situation at the front line directly with the families from day one.”

To support the charity GTH has come up with a “sell one, pay one” policy where fees from completed sales in Minehead and Williton are set aside for the charity.

The scheme has raised £1,000 for Home-Start and will provide Christmas hampers for families supported by the charity.

Caroline Ferris, Residential Manager at Minehead and Williton, said she is 'delighted' the firm is supporting this worthwhile cause.

GTH said it will continue to support Home-Start over the coming months as they help families from “bump” to baby and beyond, providing practical help and guidance in these unprecedented times.