A cracking appeal! How you’ve helped make Easter special for children in South Tyneside

Jayne Ridley and Louise Bracey, Morrisons, Ocean Road, with Shannon Chowdrey, Hope 4 Kidz.
Jayne Ridley and Louise Bracey, Morrisons, Ocean Road, with Shannon Chowdrey, Hope 4 Kidz.

It is going to be a cracking Easter for some of our most vulnerable youngsters thanks to your egg-cellent response to our Easter Egg Appeal. We have had a record response to our appeal with an amazing 2,500 eggs having been donated.

The Shields Gazette and Hope 4 Kidz, a North East children’s charity, rely on you, the public, businesses and our drop off points to make our appeal successful and we cannot thank you enough for your support.

Tracy Harris, Santander King Street.

Tracy Harris, Santander King Street.

An amazing 422 Easter eggs were donated by the staff at Siemens in Hebburn and bags full of chocolate treats were collected by those who work at EE

Viv Watts, Chief Executive of Hope 4 Kidz, said: “People have been simply amazing.

“We were worried with Easter being early this year that we would not be able to help as many children this year as we have in the past, but we have been left speechless by people’s generosity.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts without your help we would not be able to fulfil all the wish list that we have.

“It is a tough time for charities which rely on our help at times like this.”

Special thanks also goes to our desginated drop off points Morrisons in Ocean Road and Santander in King Street.

Gavin Foster, Managing Editor of the Shield Gazette, said; “Once again people have amazed us with their generosity.

“We cannot thank you enough for all the donations, which help to make our appeals so successful and bring so much joy to some our most poorly and vulnerable youngsters. Once again thank you.”

Among the groups supported by our appeal are child protection teams, North East hospitals and refuges, young carers, Centrepoint, Bernica an many more.