We all know that eating chocolate eggs is associated with Easter, but what do you do if you’re trying to keep the pounds off?
The leader of two West Norfolk weight loss groups has come up with a novel way to make sure his members weren’t tempted by the sweet treats and brought a smile to the face of dozens of ill youngsters as well.
At least 200 eggs were handed over to staff and patients on the Rudham ward at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Monday following a chocolate amnesty run by Slimming World consultant Mark Godfrey.
Mr Godfrey, who has only been a consultant since January, leads groups which meet at Springwood High School in Lynn and the Methodist church in Dersingham.
He said the idea had been developed in order to help members cope with what can be a difficult time of the year.
He added: “I never for one moment thought we would have this kind of response, although, in hindsight, I really should have known from the commitment our members have.
“They are very committed to their weight loss journey and my group are very dedicated to anything I arrange, so I really shouldn’t have been surprised.”
Dozens of the donated eggs were given by the staff of East Winch-based Adrian Flux Insurance after they heard of the campaign through one of their colleagues, Jude Bishop.
Mr Godfrey said: “They all get an Easter egg and when she was given hers, she told colleagues she wouldn’t be eating it and what we were doing.
“From her floor we had 31 eggs and a little while later she said it had spread to another floor and we got 52.”
Another Slimming World member, Suzanne Horne, also prepared hampers which contained several eggs each.
Although only a few patients were present on the ward, as those who were well enough were spending the holiday weekend with their families, Mr Godfrey said the Easter eggs drop was well received by the children and staff alike.
He said: “The kids were really pleased.”
Mandy French, the ward’s hospital play specialist, said: “No one likes to be in hospital over the holidays but it really made our day on the ward to receive so many chocolate eggs.
“It makes the world of difference to the children and we are so grateful for the overwhelming generosity of local people. This certainly put a smile on a lot of young faces. Thank you so much to everyone who took part.”