Eggs-ceptional start to Sunderland Echo-backed Hope 4 Kidz Easter drive

(Left to right) Sainsbury's store manager Gary Pearson with Coun Brian Dodds and Sainsbury's duty manager Jon Bell alongside the mountain of Easter eggs being donated to Hope4Kidz.
(Left to right) Sainsbury's store manager Gary Pearson with Coun Brian Dodds and Sainsbury's duty manager Jon Bell alongside the mountain of Easter eggs being donated to Hope4Kidz.
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AN annual appeal to help disadvantaged youngsters enjoy a cracking Easter has once again been a success.

Hundreds of chocolate eggs have been donated to shops and organisations across Wearside as part of the Echo-backed Hope 4 Kidz Easter drive.

We are so grateful to the general public and business alike for the donations for the children, please buy an extra Easter Egg and drop it into one of the collection points so that we can support all of the wish lists.

Viv Watts of Hope 4 Kidz

Last year the charity supported well over 2,000 children at Easter all are struggling to overcome long-term illness, disability and other problems such as poverty and abuse.

Bosses say this year they hope to help even more children in refuges, hospitals, hospices and special needs units throughout the North East. Hope 4 Kidz relies on businesses and the general public to help make the appeals successful.

A number of city businesses have been praised for their continuing support for the Easter Appeal, which is now in its the sixth year.

Viv Watts, of Hope 4 Kidz, said: “We have had a huge amount of requests from special needs units for support with Easter Eggs.

“We are so grateful to the general public and business alike for the donations for the children, please buy an extra Easter Egg and drop it into one of the collection points so that we can support all of the wish lists.”

Anyone else wishing to donate an Easter egg should drop off their items at one of the charity’s designated collections points: Morrisons at Seaburn and Doxford Park, Sainsburys in Washington, Wessington Way and Silksworth, Virgin Money in 
Fawcett Street, The Volunteers Centre, in Holmeside, and Hope 4 Kidz Office in Pennywell.

Paula Hannah, Virgin Money’s Fawcett Street Store Manager, said: “We are collecting Easter Eggs on behalf of Hope 4 Kidz. They play such an important part in our local community. We hope that by collecting and donating the Easter Eggs they will put a huge smile on the faces of the children receiving them.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in advance who makes a donation, we are extremely grateful. You don’t have to be a Virgin Money customer to donate so please 
feel free to pop in to the Fawcett Street store with your Easter Egg and you can really help to make a difference.’’

The last day for donations will be this coming Tuesday (MAR 31).

The Easter Eggs will be delivered in the following days before Easter.

For further information or to have an Easter delivery for your unit please call the charity direct on 534 7788, email aimee.burns@hope4kidz.org.uk. or go to www.hope4kidz.org.uk.