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Hornchurch couple collecting Christmas chocolate boxes for foodbank users

PUBLISHED: 09:37 01 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:37 01 December 2015

Darrell Page and Olivie Crowther are collecting chocolate boxes to donate to foodbanks before Christmas

Darrell Page and Olivie Crowther are collecting chocolate boxes to donate to foodbanks before Christmas

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A couple are collecting boxes of chocolate from all over Essex to donate to foodbanks across the borough for Christmas.

Darrell Page, 25, and Olivia Crowther, 24, from Hornchurch, started to ask their friends and family to donate chocolates last year after Olivia was moved by news that the number of people reliant on foodbanks was increasing year on year.

Darrell said: “A lot of people do not have what we take for granted for Christmas and we want to hand out the chocolate boxes to homeless people and families who don’t enjoy the luxuries that we do.

“A huge amount of chocolate ends up sitting there for weeks because we have so much of it. We eat because it is there more than because we want it. So we would like to give these chocolates to people who will appreciate it more because they don’t have much else.”

The couple, who started collecting at the end of last week, have already collected about 20 chocolate gifts.

People are invited to donate money or buy a box of chocolates and Darrell said he was ready to drive anywhere in Essex to pick it up.

Last year, the couple donated between 60 and 70 boxes of chocolates to Rainham foodbank but they are hoping to make it “bigger and better” and double the number this year.

“But I would be proud with however many we can put together,” added Darrell. The chocolate boxes will be donated to foodbanks and churches across the borough about a week before Christmas.

To get in touch with Darrell and Olivia, call 07535658541 or email darrellpage318@live.co.uk, alternatively visit their facebook page at “A chocolate smile”.

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