A wish list was drawn up for the Easter Bunny to help make Easter eggs-stra special for some of the most vulnerable youngsters in our city, and thanks to your help our appeal has exceeded all expectations.
The Echo teamed up with Hope 4 Kidz to once again launch our Easter Egg Appeal and you responded by donating thousands of chocolate eggs.
Thanks to your generosity, and that of the businesses who continue to support our appeal, Hope 4 Kidz has delivered 2,410 chocolate treats with a value of £4,165.
This total makes it our most successful Easter appeal to date.
All your donations go to families with young people struggling to overcome long-term illness, disability and other problems such as poverty and abuse.
Donations are made to refuges, hospitals, vulnerable children’s units, homeless, young carers, child protection services and special needs units throughout the North East.
The Echo and Hope 4 Kidz rely on businesses and you, the public, to help make the appeals successful.
Special thanks also go to Arriva, Morrisons Seaburn, Morrisons Doxford Park, Sainsbury’s Sunderland North, Sainsbury’s Silksworth, Sainsbury’s Washington, Tesco The Bridges, Virgin Money Fawcett Street, Virgin Money The Bridges, Hays Travel, Marks and Spencer Sunderland, UKAR, Santander, Hope Spring for donating and acting as drop-off points the eighth year.
Viv Watts, chief executive of Hope 4 Kidz, said: “The Easter Appeal is so important to the children who may not otherwise receive any cheer at Easter.
“The Easter gifts allow children to escape their circumstances for a few moments.
“The Easter Bunny brought a huge smile to the children on the wards. It was fabulous too that the 1973 SAFC Legends, Micky Horswill and Jimmy Montgomery took time out of their busy schedules to help distribute the Easter Eggs at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
“I am astounded each year as to the generosity of the public and businesses of our area, which enables us to support more and more children each year. A huge thank you to all.”
Gavin Foster, managing editor of the Sunderland Echo, said: “Yet again, I am humbled by the generosity of the people of our city, who every time we issue a plea rally to bring a little cheer to the lives of our most vunerable and poorly youngster. Thank you.”