SPAR retailers have thanked NHS staff across the North East by donating £10,000 worth of Easter Eggs for staff to enjoy over the Easter weekend.

Thanking thousands of NHS staff who are working tirelessly against COVID-19, the chocolate eggs were donated to The Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust by SPAR’s wholesaler for the north of England, James Hall & Co., on behalf of independent SPAR retailers across the North of England, North East Convenience Stores and SPAR G&E Murgatroyd.

Tomas Garliauskas, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator at James Hall & Co. said: “We are so grateful to NHS colleagues up and down the country for their unfaltering dedication and commitment, in fighting COVID-19 and protecting communities across the UK.

“We wanted to do something to say thank you and knew that many would be working over the Easter bank holiday, so provided staff with a little chocolate treat to boost morale and accompany a well-earned cup of tea. The Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust kindly took the donation and distributed amongst NHS staff across the North East, sharing the treats with as many staff as possible.”

A spokesperson for Newcastle Hospitals NHS Charity, said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive such a kind and thoughtful gesture at Easter. Our staff are working around the clock to look after patients and to keep our hospitals and community services running smoothly at this difficult time and to know that the community is thinking of them is incredibly special.”

The donation included hundreds of delicious Easter treats from Cadbury Crème eggs, Maltesers, Lindt bunnies, Thornton unicorns and traditional Easter Eggs.