The Access Self Storage charity Easter egg appeal is now open to people in Portsmouth.
Residents are being challenged to beat Southampton’s total of about 40 eggs and get as close as possible to 100.
Every chocolate egg collected in Portsmouth will go to The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook, which looks after people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
Phil Hall, manager of Access Self Storage Portsmouth, said: ‘We’re donating a sizeable storage room to house as many chocolate eggs as possible, so if you’re buying Easter eggs for friends and family, please think of those at The Rowans who may not all have visitors, let alone a chocolate egg.
‘Any chocolates, biscuits or cakes you kindly drop off will be stored safely here and taken straight to The Rowans Hospice.
‘Easter is early this year, but if we collect as many eggs as possible over the next few weeks, we’ll make it an even happier occasion for many who are in need of magic and cheer if they can’t be at home with their families.’
Staff have already begun collecting eggs and people are invited to bring donations into the Portsmouth store at 28-34 Herbert Street, PO1 4QT any time before March 24.
‘The challenge is to beat Southampton,’ said Mr Hall.
‘In previous years, residents of Southampton have donated about 40 eggs each year to their chosen charity, and we’re just slightly behind.
‘We’re determined to collect even more than this number this year, or get as close as we can to the 100 mark.’