Eggs-cellent donations provide chocolatey treats for children in Reading

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Riverside Easter Egg Collection

Hundreds of children from across the Thames Valley are set for a cracking Easter thanks to the generous donations from Thames Water employees.

More than 550 eggs and chocolate treats have been donated by kind-hearted staff to help provide disadvantaged youngsters a happy holiday.

Dozens of staff from the Clearwater Court headquarters, Kemble Court and Rose Kiln Court bought and donated the chocolate treats as part of an initiative alongside Connect Reading to help children in the town.

A whopping 497 eggs were donated by the staff and handed over to the service on Tuesday, April 4.

Claire Iredale, community investment co-ordinator at the water firm, said: “We have been amazed at everyone’s generosity.

“When we started collecting, the pile of eggs just got bigger and bigger, and drew quite a reaction from staff walking past.

“These eggs will help hundreds of children in Reading enjoy their Easter and we are pleased to help Connect Reading in achieving this goal, and I would just like to say thank you to all the staff who have donated eggs, and happy Easter to all those who will receive them.”

Connect Reading has also teamed up with a variety of other organisations and businesses from the town as part of the appeal, and has also collected donations from members of the public at the Oracle shopping centre.

As well as the Reading donation, staff and contractors from the company’s Riverside Sewage Treatment works (pictured) have also donated 75 eggs to a community appeal, launch by local radio station Time 107.5FM.

Paul Roberts, site manager at Riverside, spearheaded the collection and thanked those who donated.

He said: “I was amazed by the support that my site gave to this simple request and was humbled by the gratitude received from the Time 107.5 egg co-ordinator.

“The amount of joy that the children get from receiving an unexpected gift is immense.

“These moments are what make Thames Water a great place to work.”