Staff at Carden Park Hotel celebrated Easter with the creation of a three foot Easter egg which has been donated to Arrowe Park Hospital.

The award winning kitchen team at Carden Park were tasked by general manager Hamish Ferguson to create a show-stopping egg to treat patients at the women’s and children’s hospital on the Wirral.

Executive head chef Graham Tinsley MBE said: “Each year the hotel celebrates with an Easter egg hunt that all the children staying at the hotel can take part in.

This year we wanted to make a difference to children who would not be able to join in any Easter activities and a surprise giant egg was the perfect way.

“The egg weighed 12kg and was formed using a giant mould and took several days to be constructed due to the controlled temperatures required and delicate nature of working with chocolate.”

In addition to the giant Easter egg, the whole team at Carden Park bought and donated 92 chocolate eggs to Claire House Hospice in Bebington, Wirral.

Hamish said: “As a team we are passionate about supporting and helping those in need in the surrounding areas. Easter is such a family orientated time of year and when children become ill it isn’t easy, so we wanted to make donations that we hope have helped to bring a bit of happiness to families at such a difficult time.”

Staff from Sainsburys store in Chester with the Easter eggs donated by staff and customers for Miles of Smiles Chester Appeal

Staff and customers at Sainsbury’s store in Chester donated 127 Easter eggs to the Miles of Smiles Chester Appeal

The eggs were between three venues organising events to raise money for the charity.

Sainsbury’s chose Miles of Smiles for the Easter egg collection for the first time three years ago as it is a local charity managed by volunteers that sends terminally ill sick and disabled children to Disneyland Paris.

Chairman Sue Thomas went along to the store to thank management and staff.