Nottingham Post

Town’s putting its Easter eggs in charity’s basket again


A NOTTINGHAM­SHIRE charity shop is set to break its own records with an Easter egg tombola on Good Friday.

Two years ago, Headway’s Eastwood branch started up the event to do something for the area’s children while raising money for the charity.

This year, they are anticipati­ng the largest event so far, with more than 500 Easter eggs up for grabs.

“We started this a couple of years ago now,” said Julie Wells, area support manager for the Eastwood Headway shop.

“We felt like we wanted to get the community on board with supporting the charity but also to have a bit of fun with the kiddies.

“So we tried it and asked people around the town and asked if they might be able to help us out and get just a few Easter eggs to help us with the tombola. The first year we

did it just with the shopkeeper­s like the sweet shops, chippies and everyone on Nottingham Road – even the town council – supported it straight away.

“We raised around £180 in that first year just doing the tombola for around three or four hours as they all went in that time.

“When it came to the following

Easter we were just overwhelme­d. It was unbelievab­le. We filled the tables three times over so we must’ve collected around 300 eggs last year in total. By that time Basford United supported us, we went down to the club and took photos – it’s all been really community orientated and it feels like it’s buzzing.

“This year we’re currently up to two football clubs – Basford United and Eastwood Community Football Club. Both clubs are so positive about helping us due to the brain injury aspect. They both wanted to help us as they know the impacts of it. This year we’re hoping to max out again and try to get over the six hundred mark and keep going up and up.”

Headway promotes understand­ing of brain injury and provides informatio­n, support and other services.

Assistant shop manager Martin Hales added: “We want to thank everyone in Eastwood for what they’ve done for us over the years and we know times are hard.”

The event will take place n Good Friday outside the shop at 88 Nottingham Road at 9am. If it’s raining, it will be held inside the premises.

 ?? ?? Last year’s event was a resounding success
Last year’s event was a resounding success

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