The “Good Egg Partnership” between community radio station Radio Northumberland, Bedlington charity Leading Link and Lodge Temperance 2557 Freemasons has donated around 1000 selection boxes to schools, food banks, care homes, veterans’ charities, and youth projects across South East Northumberland.

Radio Northumberland advertised and coordinated the purchase and collection of the selection boxes from supermarkets and Leading Link helped to distribute them to families together with Lodge Temperance who used their members to coordinate with care homes, charities, and schools. 

Project organiser Tom Stewart said, “This is something we started doing last Easter, but we had so many good causes asking if we could help at Christmas that we decided to open the project for the festive period.”

Selection boxes have been given to numerous good causes including Operation Elf in Blyth, Scarbrough Court Care Home in Cramlington, Stobhill Gate First School, Bacmans Community in Lynemouth, Widdrington Food Bank, and Widdrington and Tritlington rainbows, brownies, and guides.  

A large number of chocolate treats were distributed in Ashington at the “Happy Hirst Mas “Family Fun Event organised by Leading Link which also included a snow machine, a 10ft snowman, gingerbread decorating, and tree decorating.  

Lyn Horton from Leading Link said: “The Good Egg Partnership have helped put a smile on the faces of many children this Christmas. The cost-of-living crisis is hitting hard and to many parents, buying a selection box for their children just isn’t a priority.”

Keith Newman from Radio Northumberland who is also a trustee for Leading Link said: “Christmas is a special time of the year and there are a lot of people who could do with a small treat to let them know that others are thinking of them. We’ve visited charities, care homes, schools and other good causes and it’s been a privilege to help.” 


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