Chocolate eggs in their thousands have been donated to a food bank by Sidmouth animal charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.
The gift to the Sid Valley Food Bank was made after animal welfare charity was left with 1000s of eggs meant for visitors, to giveaway over the Easter weekend.
Due to The Donkey Sanctuary being closed to visitors because of the coronavirus lockdown, the charity teamed up with the Sidmouth food bank so the 3,000 packs of mini eggs were not wasted.
The Sid Valley Food Bank said some of the chocolate would be given to keyworkers and donated to Sidmouth Hospital.
Andie Milne, Sid Valley Food Bank co-ordinator, said: “The Donkey Sanctuary’s donation of Easter eggs will be distributed to families we support, key workers throughout our community and they will also be added to Easter goodies all ready to be donated to Sidmouth Hospital at Easter.
“We are grateful for all the Easter donations we have received, and have been able to distribute items to all our food bank clients, as well as key workers’ children and staff at Sidmouth Primary School, and to Twyford House.”
Ben Winnard, retail manager at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Sid Valley Food Bank during this challenging period. They do a superb job supporting the vulnerable and isolated in our community and we hope these chocolate eggs give people a nice treat over the Easter period.”
The animal charity recently donated its surplus personal protective equipment (PPE) to local NHS teams and social care providers in the South West.