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Romford charity launches Easter egg appeal for children in homeless families

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 February 2018

Pictured is Maria Rackley, founder of SMILE London and Essex with the donations for the Easter egg appeal last year. Photo Maria Rackley.

Pictured is Maria Rackley, founder of SMILE London and Essex with the donations for the Easter egg appeal last year. Photo Maria Rackley.

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This is the second year of the appeal, and last year the charity collected 400 eggs that were given to those who would normally be without an Easter treat.

Pictured are the hundreds of Easter eggs donated to the appeal last year. Photo. Maria RackleyPictured are the hundreds of Easter eggs donated to the appeal last year. Photo. Maria Rackley

A homeless charity that has centres across the borough has launched an appeal to try and give an Easter Egg to every child in its care.

SMILE London and Essex, is trying to raise 1000 easter eggs which will be spread out across children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers at its centres in Harold Hill, Rainham, Barking, Dagenham and Romford.

The appeal started on Thursday, February 1 and will be running until Tuesday, March 27.

This is the second year of the appeal, and last year the charity collected 400 eggs that were given to those who would normally be without an Easter treat.

Pictured is Maria Rackley, founder of SMILE London and Essex with the donations for the Easter egg appeal last year. Photo Maria Rackley.Pictured is Maria Rackley, founder of SMILE London and Essex with the donations for the Easter egg appeal last year. Photo Maria Rackley.

Maria Rackley, founder of the charity told the Recorder that the charity regularly provides homeless families who are part of the chairty with basics such as clothes, food, toiletries, toys and hygiene items.

SMILE’s Easter egg apeal is the first of its four targeted appeals across the year.

Others included a push for donations of hygiene packs (sanitary items for young women), a school uniform drive, and a Christmas toy appeal.

Maria said: “Currently there are nearly 1000 children living in these hostels and temporary accommodation so we aim to get each child a chocolate treat to bring a smile back to their faces.

“Many of the parents of the children we help can barely afford the cost of living, with most relying on foodbanks.

“For these children the Easter bunny will not be visiting their homes, but one small chocolate treat will make these children feel ‘normal’ like their friends at school.

“For the price of just one coffee, that most people have two or three times a days, it will make a huge difference to these children, so I encourage anyone who can take part to do so.”

There are several different drop off points where you can leave Easter eggs that the charity will pick up, these include:

• Havering Volunteer Centre

• Mecca Bingo, Romford

• Coffee and Crepes, Hornchurch

• Upminster TapRoom micropub, Sunnyside Gardens

• The Gym, Dagenham Leisure Park

• Upminster Library

To donate online visit www.gofundme.com/smile-easter-egg-appeal


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