More than 500 chocolate Easter eggs have been generously donated to help County Durham families in need.

The Durham County Council project has involved staff and councillors donating the eggs at ‘egg collection points’ in council offices and depots all over the county. The aim is to ensure that every child will have a sweet treat to enjoy on Easter Sunday.

The eggs will be distributed through County Durham’s Area Action Partnerships to a range of local community groups, children’s charities and families in need.

Durham County Council’s cabinet member for social inclusion, Cllr Jane Brown, said, “All families should be able to share in important holidays such as Easter and be able to enjoy the treats and gift-giving that come with it.”

“We organised the collection as we don’t want any child to miss out, regardless of their circumstances.”

“It is wonderful to see how many people have donated and it really shows the compassion and kindness that exist in our county. Thank you to everyone who contributed.”

You can learn more about the work of County Durham’s Area Action Partnerships by going to

And County Durham is not the only part of the north east that has been eggstra generous in the run-up to Easter.

Chocolate eggs have also been collected for families in need in Sunderland, a charitable gesture that has been organised to coincide with a traditional egg-rolling event at the city’s Penshaw Bowl.

About 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold each year in the UK and it is estimated that around 10% of the UK’s yearly chocolate consumption occurs around Easter.

(This article’s featured image shows Cllr Jane Brown, second right, with Easter eggs donated by Durham County Council’s staff and councillors.)

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