Diocese of Portsmouth

    Kind residents donate Easter eggs for families in need

    5 April 2023

    KIND worshippers, businesses and community groups have collected around 750 Easter eggs to share with families in need this weekend.

    The chocolate eggs will be handed out before Easter Sunday to parents who might not otherwise be able to afford to buy them for their children.

    They were collected as part of the Hope and New Life appeal run by St Mary’s Church in Fratton. Churchgoers, community groups, workplaces and schools from across the city collected Easter eggs and brought them to the church.

    Now the eggs have been passed on to those who work at the Roberts Centre in Landport, which works with vulnerable families in and beyond Portsmouth. Staff from the Roberts Centre will ensure that those families receive enough Easter eggs for each child to have one.

    Tony Mulkern is one of those who is grateful for the donations. He came to the Easter egg handover with his children Frankie, aged 11, Tommy, 8, and Shay, 7.

    He said: “The children were happy getting their eggs from The Roberts Centre and many thanks to the people who donated all the eggs, its much appreciated. Happy Easter everyone!”

    Tony Mulkern with his children Shay, aged 7, Tommy, 8, and Frankie, 11 at St Mary’s with (back) Vicki Langton from the Roberts Centre and the Rev Rajiv Sidhu, and (front) Canon Bob White

    It’s the seventh year in a row that churches have worked with the Roberts Centre to collect chocolate eggs and help families across the city enjoy their Easter celebrations.

    The vicar, Canon Bob White, said: “This year, people have been very aware of the pressures and financial challenges faced by many in our community, and especially those families supported by the Roberts Centre.

    “We hope that the sharing of an Easter egg – a sign of that hope, life and light that we remember at Easter – will in a small way bring some light and hope into the lives of those who receive them.”

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