Instead of donating chocolate this year, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People is asking people in Nottinghamshire to stock its Virtual Easter Egg Basket.
At Rainbows, because of dietary and medical considerations, only one in ten of the children the charity cares for can actually enjoy eating chocolate.
So this Easter, instead of giving a chocolate egg, the charity – which cares for more than 450 children and young people with life-limiting conditions including those from Nottinghamshire – is encouraging its supporters to purchase a virtual Easter egg instead.
By donating a virtual Easter egg, people can leave a message of support for Rainbows’ children, young people, their families and staff. E-cards can also be sent to friends and family.
Alison Furlong, Head of Community and Events at Rainbows, said: “Chocolate lasts a moment but we need you to help make memories that last a lifetime. Often at Easter we get lots of chocolate eggs from our very generous supporters. But as so many of our children and young people can’t eat them, we would be so grateful for an egg for our Virtual Easter Egg Basket instead.
“The donation will mean so much to us and enable us to continue providing our vital service to so many families who really need us. And it means you can support us in a Covid safe way from the comfort of your own home, rather than visiting the hospice.”