Can you help make our Easter egg appeal extra special?

Sunderland Echo and Hope 4 Kidz Easter Egg appeal.

Sunderland Echo and Hope 4 Kidz Easter Egg appeal.

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The Sunderland Echo and the charity, Hope 4 Kidz, are hoping you will help make this year’s Easter Egg appeal a sweet success.

Last year, thanks to your generosity and that of local businesses we helped 2,487 children, all struggling to overcome long-term illness, disability, poverty and abuse.

This year we hope to support even more children in refuges, hospitals, homeless units and special needs units.

Hope 4 Kidz, a charity which helps underprivileged children, will be collecting and distributing the donated Easter eggs in the week leading up to Easter.

Viv Watts, of Hope 4 Kidz, said: “We have had requests for more than 1,000 eggs so far with more requests coming in every day. We are very grateful to the public and businesses for their donations and support.”

Anyone wishing to donate an Easter treat can do so at: Sainsburys stores at Wessington Way, Silksworth, Fulwell, Washington and Teal Farm,Virgin Money branches in Fawcett Street and the Bridges, Morrisons Doxford Park and Seaburn stores, Santander, in Waterloo Place, Hays Travel, in Vine Place, and Tesco, in the Bridges.

The last day for donations will be Wednesday, April 12.

Gavin Foster, the Echo’s managing editor, said: “There was a huge turn-out of support for last year’s appeal and we hope to see just as much this time round.

“ A small gesture can have a huge effect on children who need something to pick them up when they’re feeling down.”

For details about Hope 4 Kidz or to have a delivery, call the charity direct on 0191 534 7788, email aimee.burns@hope4kidz.org.uk or log on to www.hope4kidz.org.uk .