DISADVANTAGED and poorly youngsters are to be given an Easter surprise thanks to a Wearside charity.
Pennywell-based Hope 4 Kidz launched its Easter Egg Appeal in a bid to collect hundreds of chocolate treats for children and young people with special needs and illness, or who face “challenging circumstances” at home.
The dozens of donations included a batch of more than 100 eggs from staff at transport company Arriva, at Doxford International Business Park.
The sweets will now be handed out at hospitals, care organisations and community centres across the North East.
Employee Brenda Stanness, who managed the drive as part of the firm’s sports and social committee, said: “Hope 4 Kidz plays a vital role supporting young people in the local community through a wide range of events and initiatives.
“We hope that our donation has boosted the appeal and will encourage more people to support Hope 4 Kidz in the future.”
Viv Watts, from Hope 4 Kidz, said the organisation was “extremely grateful” for the help.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated Easter eggs, including Arriva,” she said.
“We look forward to handing them out and bringing a smile to the faces of many youngsters across the region this Easter.”
Hope 4 Kidz has collected more than 130 eggs from Sun FM, in Sunderland, and national food company Nestle has also donated 90 sweet packs.
“Last year, over 1,500 children received an Easter egg,” said Viv. “With your help, we could help more.”
For more information about the charity or to arrange a donation, call 534 7788, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hope4kidz.org.uk.
Eggs, selection boxes and sweets can be left at the charity, at the Pennywell Business Centre, in Portsmouth Road, until the end of the week.