A charity shop in Chester which launched an appeal for Easter eggs for the city’s homeless children has been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

The Share Shop in Northgate Street which supports Chester’s homeless community and refugees all over the world, was hoping to collect 73 eggs, one for every homeless child in Chester and North Wales. However, after launching the appeal a week ago more than 600 Easter eggs have been donated.

Staff at Chester Chronicle with the eggs they collected

People from all over the area, including many schools and businesses, have dropped off eggs at the shop or at Dandy’s Topsoil on Sealand Road and on Wednesday (March 23) they were distributed to children at Save the Family’s Plas Bellin and Cotton Hall Farm centres.

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Co-founder of the Share Shop, Adam Dandy, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who helped us do this. There will be a lot of very happy children this Easter.

“Many of us take something as simple as an Easter egg for granted at this time of year, but there are 73 local children who are homeless, living with a local charity this Easter in Chester and North Wales who no longer take anything for granted, not even the roof over their heads.

“That's why the team at the Share Shop in Chester decided to try to make their Easter a little sweeter this year by trying to collect at least one chocolate egg for each of them.”