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Two couples handed housing lifeline

Two couples whose families have lived in the Lake District for generations have been handed keys to homes they could never normally afford.

Lucy Wilson and Daniel Nevinson, along with Shaun Taylforth and Sarah Beaty, had previously lived with their parents until a local charity stepped in.

The Lakeland Housing Trust was set up 75 years-ago and provides over 30 homes for local people at manageable rates.

A century-old redundant building at Outgate, near Hawkshead, is being restored by the charity and will be the new home for both couples.

Both couples regularly work with local organisations.

Mr Taylforth, 25, is an agricultural worker and had previously travelled by tractor from his family's farm in Langdale to work in Outgate twice a day.

"It was a 16 mile round-trip, now my journey is less than a mile. The trust has given Sarah and me our only chance of a wonderful home together near our work."

– Shaun Taylforth