Generous shoppers are being asked to help children in a women’s refuge by making donations of Easter eggs.
The plea for help has gone out to customers who do their shopping in the Middleton Grange Scentre.
The centre wants people to donate an egg to its Easter appeal in aid of Harbour Women’s Refuge.
Centre bosses say their aim is to make sure every child gets an egg.
The refuge has been working for more than 30 years by helping the people of Hartlepool and the surrounding areas in times of crisis and difficulty.
Joanne Horner, who is from Harbour, welcomed the support and explained how it could make a huge difference.
She said: “Any donation of Easter eggs would be kindly appreciated to assist us in ensuring that every child that we work with gets an egg this Easter.
“We are keen to ensure that we make refuge stays for children as pleasurable as possible under the circumstances.
“We rely heavily on the public’s kind donations at such times”
Shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft said: “As most of us are preparing to spend time with our families and friends over Easter and enjoy indulging in lots of chocolate and treats, it is important to take the time to help people who may not be so fortunate.
“We ask anyone who can afford to buy an extra egg to do so and donate it to the Harbour Refuge. All of the eggs will go to children and young people in Hartlepool.”
Shoppers can drop their eggs off at the centre’s customer service desk from now, until Good Friday on March 25.