Five hundred Easter eggs were distributed to community organisations after a large appeal was launched.
Home care company, Home Instead South Lakes, ran its ‘Be an Easter Bunny to a Someone’ initiative, asking the local community to donate chocolate eggs to people across the area this Easter, to spread some joy and festive cheer.
Of the 500 chocolate eggs donated to the campaign, 300 came from individuals and 200 were donated by Morrison’s in Kendal, who hosted the donation point.
Rachel Sanders, recruitment and community engagement coordinator at Home Instead said: “We launched the campaign as a follow-up to our Christmas gift-giving initiative, where a great deal of people donated gifts to local seniors.
“We have been overwhelmed with the turnout for our Easter campaign. So many eggs were donated, all of which have brought so many smiles to the faces of people throughout our community.
“We wanted to remind our community that we are still thinking about them as we come out of lockdown. We couldn’t be prouder of our community who donated in force. A huge thank you to everyone who donated.”
Community champion at Morrison’s, Kirsty Ireland said: “It is such a wonderful campaign that our customers have been excited to get involved with. The pandemic is still having a huge impact on our society and it’s great to see our local community come together and help each other through these difficult times.”
The 500 donated eggs were then distributed to people throughout the area with the help of the Green Watch Team at Kendal Fire Brigade.
Eggs were gifted to individuals at various community organisations including Impact Housing’ Jenkins Crag and South Lakes Foyer, Sight Advice South Lakes, Targeted South Support, counsellor Michel Miles, Kendal Community Emergency Planning Group, the Kendal Integrated Care Community Team, Manna House, the Sandylands Association, Kendal People’s Café, the parish church and Nutwood Medical Practice.
This included donations to the volunteers and nurses at the local COVID-19 vaccination centre, thanking them for the long hours they put into immunising patients.