A wish list was drawn up for the Easter Bunny to help make Easter eggs-stra special for some of the most vunerable younsters in our borough, and thanks to your help our appeal has exceeded all expectations.
The Gazette teamed up with children’s charity Hope 4 Kidz to launch our Easter Egg Appeal and you responded by donating hundreds of chocolate eggs.
Thanks to your generosity, and that of the businesses who supported our appeal, Hope 4 Kidz has delivered eggs to South Tyneside Woman’s refuge, Contact and Referral and Impact 150 as well as to the children’s ward at South Tyneside Hospital.
This is the first year that the Gazette has teamed up with Hope 4 Kidz to launch an Easter Appeal and we cannot thank people enough for responding so generously.
All your donations go to families with young people struggling to overcome long-term illness, disability and other problems such as poverty and abuse.
The Gazette and Hope 4 Kidz rely on businesses and you, the public, to help make our appeals successful.
Special thanks go to Morrisons, in Ocean Road, and D&H Windows, in Tudor Road, who acted as drop-off points for your donations.
Viv Watts, chief executive of Hope 4 Kidz, a charity which supports children with disabilities across the North East Region, said: “The Easter Appeal is so important.
“Thanks to your generous response lots of children, who may not otherwise receive any cheer at Easter, now have something special to look forward to on Easter Sunday.
“These Easter gifts really do allow children to escape their circumstances for a few moments.
“Every time we launch and appeal, whether it is at Christmas or Easter time, I am always astounded at 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 Shields Gazette, said: “Yet again, I am humbled by the generosity of the people of our borough, who every time we issue a plea rally to bring a little cheer to the lives of our most vunerable and poorly youngsters.
“Your donations really do make a difference to those organisations who work so hard to help young people. Once again, thank your for your support, we could not do what we do without your backing.”