How you can help put a smile on hundreds of kids’ faces as Hebburn Helps launch Easter egg appeal

Shoppers are being urged to put an extra chocolate egg in their basket to help struggling families this Easter time.

By Sarah Sinclair
Saturday, 15th February 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 4:12 pm

Just out of its busiest time of the year over Christmas, Hebburn Helps food bank and crisis response centre has launched its next appeal to help families across South Tyneside.

Over the coming weeks they will be asking for people to donate Easter eggs and other chocolate treats to be given out to children in the borough as part of their regular food parcels.

They will also be provided to children attending the Grub Club which is held during the school holidays to provide children with breakfasts and hot lunches when many parents struggle to put that extra meal on the table.

Hebburn Helps co-founder Angie Comerford launches their Easter Egg appeal.

Co-founder Angie Comerford estimates that around 400-500 Easter eggs were given out to children last year and has already received 50 donations within a week of the 2020 appeal launching.

“It’s the same old story, just as at Christmas time, there are kids out there who wouldn’t get any chocolate eggs this Easter,” she said.

“It’s just another form of poverty, as with period poverty and school uniform – you could call this chocolate poverty.”

Chocolate treats will also be given out to the homeless in Newcastle city centre, as part of an outreach programme organised by Angie.

She added: “A massive thank you as always for the support we get from people, we couldn’t do it without them.

“We’re just grateful for anything that comes in, as long as people keep donating we’ll keep doing what we do.”

Easter Eggs can be dropped off at Morrisons, Jarrow, Laila Salon in Whiteleas, South Shields or directly at Hebburn Helps on Campbell Park Road, Hebburn.