Coronavirus: Rush to give away 15,000 Easter eggs after events cancelled

Homes are needed for thousands of chocolate eggs left over after coronavirus forced the cancellation of Easter events, a heritage charity has said.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) were given more than 30,000 boxed eggs by Cadbury for its egg hunts before the lockdown was imposed.

Around half of the eggs have been donated to hospitals, food banks and community groups around Scotland.

Easter eggs sit on the fire place in the Drawing Room in the National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House in Edinburgh

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Easter eggs sit on the fire place in the Drawing Room in the National Trust for Scotland’s Georgian House in Edinburgh

But with the treats’ use-by date of July looming, groups are being urged to contact the charity if they can use them.

Mark Bishop, of the NTS, said: “It was absolutely heart-breaking to have to cancel our Easter egg hunts this year and not be able to welcome the tens of thousands of people who we usually see.

“As well as being our biggest weekend of the year, Easter marks the start of the season for many of our properties but given the unprecedented global situation, everything had to be put on hold. In the midst of all this, though, we saw that some good could come out of the situation.

“Thirty thousand Easter eggs don’t eat themselves and our operations teams have been finding places for them to go.

“It’s wonderful that so many have gone to the NHS and to other groups and organisations doing incredible work in our communities.”

NTS estimated that if stacked on top of each other, the 30,000 eggs would have been three times the height of the tallest trust peak, Ben Lawers, which is a 3,984ft mountain.

A total of 32,000 people took part in the trust’s Easter egg hunts last year and an even bigger response was expected for the 2020 event at 41 sites across Scotland.

Organisations which could take the chocolate can be suggested through the NTS social media pages.

Hospitals around the country are among those already given eggs, including paediatric wards in NHS Lanarkshire, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, Perth Royal Infirmary, Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, and Borders General Hospital.

In Tayside, eggs have been donated to sites such as Stracathro Hospital in Angus, Kingsway Care Centre in Dundee, the Murray Royal Hospital and community mental health teams in Perth, Kinross, Arbroath, Brechin and Forfar.

Culzean Castle, Brodick Castle, Pollok House, Threave Garden and Tenement House all gave their eggs to local foodbanks, while Bannockburn gave its treats to Women’s Aid in Alloa and The Bellfield Centre in Stirling.

Eggs were also handed to community groups and charities such as the Community Pantry in Larbert, Fullarton Connexions in Irvine, homelessness charity Seascape in Ayr, 10:10 Trust in Ayrshire, Centrestage in Kilmarnock, Peace Childcare and the Royal Blind home in Edinburgh.

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