Children had an eggs-tra special Easter and were eggs-cited to have chocolate eggs for breakfast on Sunday morning, this included two-year-old Reggie Greenwood, of St Michael’s on Wyre!
Reggie spent his Easter on the Children’s Ward at the Royal Preston Hospital and like other young patients across Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s children’s services, including those at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and Leyland’s Broadoaks Child Development Centre, he still had a cracking time thanks to the donation of hundreds of chocolate eggs and Easter craft kits by the local community.
Members of UCLAN’s Rugby Union Club, led by captain Thomas Kenyon, dropped off 130 Easter eggs, while motorbike enthusiasts from the Two Wheels and Trikes Club and the Dirty Dogs (Huncoat) deviated from their Easter ride-out routes to deliver a similar number.
There were more eggs and craft kits from the staff and customers of the Preston branch of the Yorkshire Building Society and staff from Preston recruitment company the Clayton Group, while employees of Asda’s Fulwood’s store donated a trolley-full.
Even members of the Neurology team at the Royal Preston Hospital ensured any young Bank Holiday visitors to its wards received an egg, while MND (Motor Neurone Disease) family support officer Catriona Bamber took eggs out to children throughout Lancashire with a parent affected by the disease.
Reggie’s mum Joanne Greenwood said: “Not how we’d planned spending our Easter but Reggie was thrilled with his Easter egg for breakfast.”
Roya Armstrong, fundraising manager for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, who helped to collect the Easter treats, said: “We would like to thank everyone who donated an Easter gift.
“An egg or colouring set might seem a small thing but its impact on the child who receives it can be massive. In turn, their smiles and joy brings happiness to their families. It’s wonderful to see. We are very grateful.”