Arms full of Easter eggs – Junior Gateway Club’s Tina Beale and daughters Kira, 11, and Katelyn, 9, with Simon Rowe. Pictures: Ian Burt

A host of West Norfolk charities have “egg-stra” reasons to smile after a fantastic response to our Easter appeal.

The Your Local Paper appeal, in conjunction with Radio West Norfolk, has seen our readers, radio station listeners and generous businesses donate more than 1,500 sweet treats.

Chocolate eggs and other Easter goodies were collected this week from donation points, ready to be distributed to families and individuals across the borough in time for Sunday.

   Thanking everyone for their support, YLP’s managing director Alan Taylor, said: “Once again, Your Local Paper and Radio West Norfolk and the people of West Norfolk have stepped up to help those less fortunate with our Easter Egg Appeal.

“The generosity of our readers/listeners never ceases to amaze us. They are always so willing to help and forthcoming in their support. 

“The number of eggs donated is incredible and just think how many people will benefit. What a joy.”

Presenter Simon Rowe, who launched King’s Lynn-based Radio West Norfolk, added his thanks.

“I can’t thank listeners enough for their generosity, it’s been a tough appeal this year as we weren’t allowed to be at supermarkets because of Covid. 

“To receive more than 1,500 eggs in just a couple of weeks is amazing, there’s going to be so many chocolatey smiles. Thank you,” he said.

As well as our generous readers, appeal organisers have thanked businesses for their support – Discover King’s Lynn, Wilko, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons.  

The Easter appeal follows on from a successful Christmas toy appeal which was launched in December by YLP and Radio West Norfolk.

The overwhelming response saw more than £20,000 worth of toys donated by readers to charities and organisations, many of which also received the Easter eggs this week.

Mr Taylor said: “Thanks must go to Simon, whose experience has helped  to make both our joint Christmas Toy Appeal and the Easter Egg Appeal such a huge success. We look forward to the next one.”

Your sweet treats will put smiles on the faces of young carers in West Norfolk, bereaved forces children supported by North Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers and youngsters at a Wisbech children’s centre.

Eggs were also donated to Southery Baby Bank, Lynn Salvation Army, those supported by West Norfolk Council’s Lily service, which provides a range of support to help beat loneliness and isolation in adults of all ages, the Fairstead Community Shop and many more.

Representatives of charities and organisations across West Norfolk on Tuesday collected a share of the 1,500 Easter treats donated by our generous readers and businesses.

They walked off with boxes full of chocolate delights to distribute in time for the weekend.

Thanks to YLP readers and Radio West Norfolk listeners, recipients included King’s Lynn Foodbank, The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company, Broadland Housing’s St James Lodge in Lynn which houses families in need and many more organisations involved in brilliant community work.