Three funeral directors are appealing for people to donate Easter eggs for children who cannot spend Easter at home with their families.
People in Wellingborough and Rushden are being asked to support the annual appeal.
Staff at John Drage Funeral Directors, in Croyland Road, Wellingborough, Bruce Carter & Son Funeral Directors, in Havelock Street, Wellingborough, and Rushden & District Funeral Service, in Wellingborough Road, Rushden, are collecting the eggs to give to children who are being taken care of by the Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire Women’s Aid.
All three funeral directors are part of Dignity Caring Funeral Services, which launched the Easter egg challenge in 2002.
Funeral manager Cora Drage said the branches were asking people to donate eggs for the appeal.
She said: “Since the Easter egg challenge started, Dignity staff across the country have collected thousands of Easter eggs for children.
“This is the sixth year that we have taken part in the challenge and we would like to be able to give an egg to every local child away from home this Easter and add a bit of festive cheer.
“We are asking local people and businesses to support us in reaching this goal and with our brand new branch in Rushden now open we hope to be able to reach a wider area and therefore raise more donations than ever before.
“If you would like to help us make this Easter extra special for these children please bring an Easter egg into one of our local funeral homes.
“Working at the heart of the local community, we are delighted to have the opportunity to help local children in this way.”
All of the Easter eggs donated will be given to children who are currently living in Women’s Aid refuges or receiving after care services from the organisation.
A spokesman for Women’s Aid said: “We are very grateful for the donations. We are always overwhelmed by the kindness of people, and what the funeral directors do for us with this appeal is very much appreciated.
“People are especially suffering with the current economic climate so any donations are appreciated.
“The Easter eggs will go to children in our refuges and our after-care services.”