AN egg-citing charity challenge is underway to put a smile on the faces of sick young cancer patients this Easter - and we want you, generous Chad readers, to help us crack the target.
The Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children (PASIC) is appealing for Chad readers - the general public and businesses - to donate at least 200 Easter eggs for its annual Easter party.
PASIC helps children across a wide area, including Mansfield and Ashfield, who have been diagnosed with cancer, brain tumours and leukaemia - as well as supporting their families.
Hundreds of youngsters are expected to enjoy fun and games at the party on 10th April - and organisers hope to be able to present each child with an egg, as well as giving one to those too ill to attend or who may be in hospital over Easter receiving treatment.
Surplus eggs will also be handed out to other children in hospital over the Easter holidays.
PASIC co-ordinator Bea Brunton said: “The Easter party is one of the highlights of the PASIC year and gives the children and their families an opportunity to spend some special time together and, for a little while at least, forget all the challenges they face.
“The party is an opportunity for families to get together on all levels.
“The parents speak to other parents, the patient to other patients and the siblings to others who understand the worries that they are facing.
“The people of Mansfield and Ashfield have always been so supportive of PASIC, so I am hopeful that once again this appeal will be successful and collect enough Easter eggs to give to the children at the party and on the wards.
“For the price of an Easter egg you can put a smile on the face of a child”.
PASIC relies on the support of the public for most of its funding - which goes towards providing the children and families with financial, social and emotional support, and a regular newsletter, as well as days out, activities, and Easter and Christmas parties to take the youngsters away from the hospital environment and rigours of everyday treatment.
A spokesman for PASIC said: “Help is given to pay bills such as additional heating, increased phone bills, laundry or special diet costs, which come about as a direct result of the child’s illness.
“Consideration is also given to requests for specific items that are deemed necessary due to restrictions caused by a child’s illness.”
Easter eggs can be left at any Chad reception — in Sutton; or in Mansfield at Market Place or Newgate Lane — (for the attention of Tim Morriss) or at the reception at King’s Treatment Centre at King’s Mill Hospital (for the attention of Julie Dixon).
Any business that would like to donate eggs or is prepared to sponsor the party on 10th April is asked to contact PASIC co-ordinator Bea Brunton on 747629.