Children from across County Durham will be enjoying chocolate eggs this Easter thanks to generous Durham County Council employees.

Workers from the county’s Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) have been distributing hundreds of Easter eggs to charities that help families experiencing hardship.

Staff from the health, children’s and families’ service One Point and the council’s Children’s Centres have also been handing out chocolate eggs to the families they work with.

Durham County Council’s cabinet member for social inclusion, Cllr Jane Brown, said, “We know that there are some children who unfortunately don’t get Easter treats, so we asked staff to buy just one extra Easter egg and leave it at collection points in council buildings across the county.”

“We were overwhelmed with the response. The eggs will be distributed to charities over the Easter period and I’m sure the children who receive them will enjoy the treat.”

This is not the first time that council staff have shown their generosity. In the run-up to Christmas, Durham County Council employees donated more than 600 kilos of food to Durham Food Bank – enough food to provide 758 meals.

It is hoped that the Easter egg donations will bring a little cheer to families who otherwise would not be able to afford Easter gifts for their children.

The council now has a number of permanent food bank collection points in its offices across County Durham, where staff can donate items throughout the year.

There are also plans for staff fundraising appeals, the first of which is expected to take place this summer.

The first chocolate Easter egg – which was completely solid – was produced by Fry’s in 1873. Nowadays, around 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK each year.

(The featured image shows staff from Durham County Council with some of the donated eggs.)

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