EASTER got off to a cracking start for both the young and old in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Thanks to the generosity of customers at Sainsbury's, in Macclesfield Road, Leek, dozens of youngsters and senior citizens received a chocolate egg.
The eggs were collected in Sainsbury's stores at Leek, Hanley, Stoke and Newcastle to ensure that no child admitted to the Cheetham's ward of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire over Easter weekend went without a chocolate treat.
And the response from shoppers was so overwhelming that the Leek store included young families in the Staffordshire Moorlands and elderly members of Moorlands Home Link, who attended social groups in the run up to the Easter weekend.
Eggs were distributed by members of Leek's social services team and presented to members at the Warslow, Ipstones and Rushton lunch clubs run by Moorlands Home Link to support the elderly and housebound in the area.
Sainsbury's Leek store manager, Julie Hatton, said: "Our customers have been really generous in supporting our Easter appeal and we want to say a huge thanks to them all.
"It's thanks to their generosity that we are able to support such a wide range of charities throughout the year."
Among the first to receive the Easter treats were members of the Warslow Lunch Club, who met at The Tea Junction, in Hulme End, on Tuesday.
Eldest member Nancy Coates, aged 94, said she was "delighted" with her gift.
Nancy, from Ecton, still lives independently in her own home and her visits to the lunch club mean a day off cooking.
She looks forward to having her dinner brought to the table by her daughter, Ann Prince, a volunteer helper at the club.
Steph Chadwick, rural support officer at Moorlands Home Link, said: "We have around 20 members at the Warslow club who enjoy getting together for a hot meal and a chat each fortnight.
"We have lots of activities and outings lined up for the summer and will always welcome new members, but particularly would like to hear from any potential volunteer helpers who want to join in the fun.
"We always need helpers to wait on tables, help organise the raffle and help with the washing up.
"Our club is a lifeline to those who use it – but we can't function without volunteers to help run it."
For more information on either joining or helping out at the Warslow club, contact Steph on 07950 243345 or call Moorlands Home Link on 01538 750511.