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Hornchurch couple donated more than 400 chocolate boxes to foodbanks

PUBLISHED: 12:50 22 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:50 22 December 2015

Darrell Page and Olivia Crowther donated more than 400 boxes of chocolate to foodbanks before Christmas

Darrell Page and Olivia Crowther donated more than 400 boxes of chocolate to foodbanks before Christmas

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A couple donated more than 400 chocolate boxes to foodbank users for Christmas following their "chocolate smile" appeal.

Darrell Page, 25, and Olivia Crowther, 24, from Hornchurch, donated the chocolate boxes to Harold Hill foodbank, Holy Cross church in Hornchurch and Romford Baptist church last week.

“This has gone way beyond our expectations. We were massively surprised by people’s generosity and good wishes,” said Darrell.

Over the last few weeks, the couple has been “inundated” with calls to pick up chocolate boxes donated to the cause.

“We had no where to put them – my car was full and my bedroom was full of chocolate boxes,” said Darrell.

Most donations came from Hornchurch, but Darrell drove to Maldon, Essex, to pick up 47 boxes of chocolate a resident had collected locally.

This is the second year, the couple made the appeal to donate chocolates, users of foodbanks cannot afford but “that we take for granted”.

Last year, they collected 60 to 70 boxes of chocolate and hoped to double that number this year.

Darrell said: “It’s definitely worth doing” and he added they are planning to do it again next year.

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