A SURPRISE delivery of nearly 500 Easter eggs brought a smile to the faces of sick youngsters.
Kind-hearted NPower staff’s efforts to keep up the spirits of youngsters stuck in hospital over the holidays have been hailed a hit after the Easter Bunny came early.
Workers stopped off at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s Niall Quinn Children’s Centre to deliver 467 chocolate eggs, boxes of chocolates and toys, including colouring books, crayons and other gifts.
Gayle Pells, NPower team leader, said: “It’s a great feel-good factor to be able to take part in something this rewarding.
“It has been a good opportunity to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and the appreciation from them and all the staff at the hospital.
“It’s not often you get to see the end result of fund-raising efforts or who is benefiting, whereas we can here.”
Every Easter, NPower employees club together to do something good for a variety of charitable community causes.
But this year, they decided to focus all their efforts on sick children at the hospital.
In the run-up to the Easter drop-off, staff at NPower’s Rainton Meadows Business Park set about raising cash to buy the haul of goodies.
Many people donated £1 while others brought in their own eggs to be passed on to the young patients.
Staff took a trip to the hospital to drop off the Easter treats where they spent time with the children, including Amy McGuire, five, of Washington, who had broken her leg.
Gayle added: “I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who helped out at NPower and Lynn Bowler and all the nurses, who organised it.
“I also hope that Amy’s up and about and feeling better soon.”
A City Hospitals Sunderland spokesman added: “We would like to thank the staff at NPower who raised money for Easter eggs for the children at the hospital.
“Their generosity is much appreciated.”