A FAMILY pub is launching a campaign to provide sleepwear and story books for child carers.

The Church View Inn in Lunts Heath Road, Widnes, is asking people to donate pyjamas and books for youngsters aged five to 12.

The gifts will be given to Honeypot, a charity that provides respite breaks for vulnerable children and young carers.

Amy Garrett, the pub’s marketing executive, said: “A bedtime read is one of the most magical times during childhood, but with 13,000 child carers caring for more than 50 hours a week, these are children who often miss out on the wonder fo storytelling.

“When children come to Honeypot, they’ll be given new pyjamas, a bedtime book and a cuddly toy which they can take home.

“The idea is to give these kids a bit of much needed TLC.”

More than half of young carers live in one parent families and almost a third look after someone with mental health problems.

The charity supports children like six-year-old Daniel, who has no contact with his father and lives with his mother, who drinks heavily.

He often goes hungry and misses school, but was anxious when he first starting going to Honeypot House. By calling home each morning and night when he is away, he is able to relax and enjoy time as a carefree child.

Any said: “For children like Daniel, the simple joy of a book at bedtime is not the fun, regular routine that many youngsters enjoy.

“By donating sleepwear and books, we can help these child carers escape into their imaginations and feel loved and looked after.”

New pyjamas and books in good condition can be handed into the pub any time before February 2.

The pub will also be holding pyjama parties to raise extra cash for the charity.