GENEROUS Barnsley residents have been praised for donating items such as toys and clothes to Afghan children who are being cared for in a local hotel having escaped the brutal Taliban regime.

A donation drive - spearheaded by Wombwell husband and wife duo Jon Rose, 40, and Eloise, 45 - received an outpouring of support since it began last week.

Items have already been given to the refugees, who are being housed at the Holiday Inn in Manvers.

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, said: “The council, Holiday Inn staff and the NHS are providing magnificent support and many people have contacted me offering help.”