Children at Kettering General Hospital got an Easter treat in the form of hundreds of chocolate eggs donated by local companies.
H and T Pawnbrokers of Corporation Street, Corby, made a presentation of 110 Easter eggs to the hospital on Maundy Thursday – the same day as 60 were handed over by employees of DHL Primark, from Huntingdon Road, Thrapston.
The eggs were distributed to children in the hospital’s paediatric ward, Skylark Ward, and also in the children’s outpatient department and new children’s unit in the A&E department.
H and T store manager Ellie Goodman said: “Every year we do some fundraising, often to support Lakelands Hospice, but this year we thought it would be nice to do something for children who were in hospital over Easter.
“So a month before we started to ask our customers and staff to make a small donation or bring in an Easter Egg. Our customers always support our charity efforts and we were amazed when we collected 110 eggs for the hospital.”
The hospital’s play co-ordinator, Trish Brigden, thanked H and T customers and staff for the donation.
DHL Primark employees donated 60 chocolate Easter Eggs to Kettering General Hospital’s children’s ward on April 17.
Forklift driver Angie Ross, warehouse operative Alex Pickering and IT manager Lisa Reading made another presentation to Trish Brigden and Ashleigh Harvey, eight, from Corby.
Lisa said the Thrapston company had a corporate social responsibility section which gets involved in supporting the local community through fundraising and similar ventures.
She said: “We try brighten up Easter for some local children each year with the donation of chocolate eggs and this year we decided to support Kettering General Hospital.”
KGH play co-ordinator Trish Bridgden said: “Even though we get several donations of Easter Eggs each year by kind individuals or companies we always need plenty of them because of the number of children who come through the hospital over the Bank Holiday period.”
Earlier in the month, Wilson Browne solicitors’ Kettering office made a similar donation to the children’s ward.
Louise Tyler, a partner at Wilson Browne, said: added “The firm sponsors a number of community projects in Northamptonshire and Leicester with strong links to many organisations and clubs of all types, in addition to supporting many charities. We donate as much as we can each year to support worthy causes and the children’s ward at the Kettering General is always close to our hearts.”
Meanwhile, a bike group from Sywell handed out chocolate goodies to youngsters at Kettering General Hospital on Easter Saturday and at Northampton General Hospital on Easter Day.
Freebirds Bikes and Trikes Club members had been collecting eggs and also received donations from supermarkets and shops in Kettering and Wellingborough.
Children and parents were delighted to see a huge Easter Bunny wandering around the ward handing out the eggs.
The club, which meets every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm at Overstone Manor, also visited Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton on Easter Day.