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Easter egg appeal for children who need some cheer

From the left, Jenny Beavis, from the Galleries, Viv Watts, chief executive of Hope4Kidz and Lisa Stewart, also with the Galleries and a selection of Easter Eggs to start this year's Easter Egg Appeal.

From the left, Jenny Beavis, from the Galleries, Viv Watts, chief executive of Hope4Kidz and Lisa Stewart, also with the Galleries and a selection of Easter Eggs to start this year's Easter Egg Appeal.

A WISH list has been drawn up for the Easter bunny as kindhearted donors are urged to help make a children’s holiday a happier one.

Hope4Kidz has collected about 1,000 names of youngsters who would be grateful for the gift of an Easter egg.

The list has been gathered with the help of organisations the charity works alongside, including Wearside Women in Need.

Children set to benefit include those in Sunderland Royal or those whose families are facing extreme circumstances.

Among those to set up a collection point is The Galleries in Washington.

Jennifer Beavis, marketing executive for The Galleries, said: “It’s fantastic to be a part of the Easter Egg Appeal for another year running.

“Last year our shoppers dug deep and managed to donate more than 500 Easter Eggs, which were delivered to children in care, refuges or ill in hospital over the Easter period.

“Hopefully this year, with the continued support from our shoppers, we can increase this target.”

Nestle, John Lewis and Arriva have pledged their backing to the long-running campaign, which is being supported by the Echo, and last year saw 1,900 eggs handed out.

Other drop-off points include Sainsbury’s in Washington and Silksworth, Morrison’s in Seaburn and Doxford, Virgin Money in Fawcett Street, Byron Place shopping centre in Seaham and the Bridges shopping centre.

The final drop-off day will be Monday, April 14, and any businesses that would like to be a drop-off point can call Hope4Kids on 534 7799.

 

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