Chocs away! Eggs are sent to needy

ALL SMILES Christina Elms with some of the Easter eggs.     Picture: Malcolm Wells (111288-709)
ALL SMILES Christina Elms with some of the Easter eggs. Picture: Malcolm Wells (111288-709)
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HUNDREDS of Easter eggs are making their way to youngsters this week after donations from generous churchgoers.

Members of the Havant, Gosport and Portsmouth Family Church congregations have made sure no children miss out on the chance to tuck in on Easter Sunday.

DONATIONS Some of the eggs at Portsmouth Girls' School

DONATIONS Some of the eggs at Portsmouth Girls' School

They have gathered almost 800 eggs which will be given out to children in hospitals, hospices and homes across the area.

On Sunday each church built a giant wall out of their donated eggs before getting them ready to dish out over Easter.

Family Church events manager Mark Smith said he was delighted with the appeal. ‘It was great,’ he said. ‘It was really good to see everyone bring it all together.

‘We exist here to serve the people in our community and we do that in as many ways as we can.

‘We thought this would be a nice way of doing that.

‘It’s not just something organised by the church leadership but it’s something everyone comes and gets involved in.

‘That’s very much what we are about.’

The Portsmouth Family Church collected almost 300 eggs.

Combined with the number gathered by churchgoers in Havant, Gosport and another church in Dibden Purlieu, the number is expected to reach 800.

The Easter eggs will be loaded into cars and given out around the area over the next two weeks.

Marie Houghton, from the Portsmouth Family Church, is in charge of the distribution.

She said: ‘They are all piled up in my house at the moment. There are rather a lot! It’s nice to please the kids when they are stuck in hospital or somewhere.

‘I’m sure they will still get things from their parents but it’s nice if we can give them something too. We’ve been doing it for many years now.

‘We will do anything we can do in our local area to help people.’