Portsmouth churches rally around disadvanaged children with Easter egg campaign

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MORE than 800 disadvantaged children and young people in Portsmouth will get a chocolate Easter egg, 
thanks to a Church of England appeal.

Churches across Portsmouth have been collecting the eggs during Lent so they can be donated to children and young people supported by the Roberts Centre and Southern Domestic Abuse Service.

Canon Bob White, vicar of St Mary’s, said: ‘It has been an amazing response to the appeal for eggs.

‘Each week I have watched with wonder as more and more people of every age donate.’

Sarah Merrick, whose three foster children donated to the appeal, said: ‘The children wanted to do something to help and they chose to save up their pocket money to buy eggs for the appeal.

‘They have been through what a lot of the children who are going to receive these eggs have been through, and they know the joy of someone else caring about them.’

The appeal was spearheaded by St Mary’s Church in Fratton.