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Greater Anglia staff deliver more than 600 chocolate eggs, sweet treats, activity kits, puzzles and colouring books for children in Princess Alexandra Hospital





Greater Anglia staff and passengers made an eggs-tra effort to make Easter special for sick children at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

More than 600 chocolate eggs, sweet treats including Lindt bunnies and Haribo gums plus books were delivered to Dolphin Ward and the paediatric emergency department at the hospital in Harlow.

The donations were dropped off at ticket offices in Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishop’s Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Harlow Mill and Harlow Town stations between February 4 and March 24.

Lorraine Portnow, customer service supervisor at Harlow Town station, and Michael King with some of the Easter surprises. Picture: Greater Anglia
Lorraine Portnow, customer service supervisor at Harlow Town station, and Michael King with some of the Easter surprises. Picture: Greater Anglia

A staff raffle raised £175, which went towards buying more eggs along with £100 of activity kits, puzzles and colouring books for young patients.

The donation scheme, which started in 2020, is the work of Michael King, a relief ticket office clerk at Sawbridgeworth and Stansted Mountfitchet stations.

He said: “Our customers and colleagues are always very eager to help wherever they can for such a good cause and this is no exception. Over the past few weeks it’s been absolutely amazing seeing the eggs and other donations piling up at our ticket offices ready for delivery.

Michael King, in the red jacket, and hospital staff with the donated Easter eggs. Picture: Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Michael King, in the red jacket, and hospital staff with the donated Easter eggs. Picture: Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

“To know that we handed over more than 600 eggs and treats this year, along with all the other activity kits, is nothing short of astounding. The delivery should hopefully put a smile on unwell children’s faces to make their Easter and weeks beyond a little happier.”

Helen Weaving, Dolphin Ward manager, said: “A heartfelt thank you to Michael and his team, and to the customers at Greater Anglia, for the generous Easter treats they have supplied for the young people in our care.

“There was a lot of excitement when they made the delivery and I can’t thank them enough. We’ll be keeping the supplies safe so that we can hand them out to young people in our care over the coming weeks to give them an extra Easter treat.”

In 2023, more than 380 eggs and treats were handed over to PAH at Easter.



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