Villagers collect 200 Easter eggs for Melton pupils

Students at a Melton special school were thrilled to receive a delivery of hundreds of Easter eggs collected by villagers at Bottesford.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 12:10 pm
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 3:44 pm
A Birch Wood School student is thrilled to receive one of the 261 Easter eggs collected by villagers at Bottesford EMN-210326-115940001
A Birch Wood School student is thrilled to receive one of the 261 Easter eggs collected by villagers at Bottesford EMN-210326-115940001

Andy Griffin instigated the warm-hearted initiative to replace the annual bikers’ egg run which passes through the village but which could not be held this year due to Covid restrictions.

He got together with friends with the aim of collecting 100 Easter egg but they ended up smashing that target and amassed an incredible 261.

Local children got involved with the effort, including Liam and Hannah Roberts, who spent all their piggy bank money to buy 40 eggs.

Andy Griffin with some of the children who have helped collect Easter eggs for students at Birch Wood Area Special School, from the left, Liam Roberts and Hannah Roberts (who spent all their piggy bank money to buy 40 eggs), Reuben Adams Finlay Adams and Willow Greenhough-Tampin EMN-210326-095035001

Andy delivery the chocolate treats to delighted children and staff at Birch Wood yesterday (Thursday) in a safe, socially-distanced manner, with the Easter bunny handing them over.

Birch Wood head teacher, Rosalind Hopkins, told the Melton Times: “Students were delighted to receive the Easter Eggs, as can be seen by the big smiles on their faces.

“As a school community we have been bowled over by the kindness and community spirit shown by the people of Bottesford - it means so much after the very difficult year we’ve had to see people make such an effort for our very special children.”

Andy’s wife, Kate, said: “My husband approached a group of local friends and suggested that we collect and donate between us in place of the bikers this year, as we have been regularly collecting throughout Covid for the Grantham foodbank and thought this would be a nice idea.

A Birch Wood School student is thrilled to receive one of the 261 Easter eggs collected by villagers at Bottesford EMN-210326-115951001

“Andy is constantly thinking about and helping others in the village.

“He has worked really hard at generating interest among friends and the village, as well as doing the collecting and delivering !

“He is our local superstar.”

Of the collected eggs, 200 were donated to the school and the remainder were given to Grantham Foodbank to allocate to disadvantaged families.