Ashfield firefighters hand over ‘eggs-cellent’ gift to Kirkby schoolchildren

Ashfield firefighters were given an ‘eggs-cellent’ gift of 70 Easter eggs . . . but had a cracking idea to pass them onto schoolchildren in Kirkby.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 2:40 pm

The Easter eggs had been donated to them by fellow key worker Dawn Cockerill, who had received the treats instead of money during a sponsored event.

Dawn had completed a challenge to carry out a 5,000 ‘steps’ challenge during February.

She was given 183 Easter eggs as donations and then distributed them to various key worker organisations in Ashfield as a ‘thank you’ for their work throughout the pandemic.

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Kelly Jefferies, one of Bracken Hill School's assistant headteachers being given the eggs by firefighters from Ashfield Fire Station, who dropped them off at the school.
Kelly Jefferies, one of Bracken Hill School's assistant headteachers being given the eggs by firefighters from Ashfield Fire Station, who dropped them off at the school.

Although delighted with their tasty gifts, the Ashfield firefighters decided to hand over the eggs to the children at Bracken Hill School.

Bracken Hill, on Abbey Road, is a county co-educational day school for children and young people aged five to 19 who have special educational needs.

Watch manager at Ashfield Fire Station, Gary Wilson, said: “We are delighted to have received these Easter eggs from Dawn and want to thank her for choosing us. It is great to see the service being recognised for its hard work.

Ashfield firefighters with the eggs they received Dawn Cockerill - which they later donated to Bracken Hill School.

“As much as we love chocolate, we decided to hand over the Easter eggs to Bracken Hill School as we thought the children deserved a treat, and hopefully it brought a smile to their faces.”

Dawn said she decided to hand over the eggs to the firefighters because she felt they ‘do not always get the recognition that they deserve’.

“I chose the step challenge as I am a key worker myself and thought it would be nice to show how much we appreciate the work that key workers have done this past year and continue to do,” she said.

And delighted Bracken Hill headteacher, Catherine Askham, said the children had been ‘superstars’ during the pandemic and will enjoy ‘tucking’ into the eggs.

“I have been so proud of them, and I cannot thank Dawn Cockerill and the Ashfield Fire Station firefighters enough for so kindly donating these eggs to our pupils,” she said.

“We really appreciate the support we receive locally, and I know the children will enjoy tucking into the eggs over the holidays.”