It took six volunteers four weeks to collect, two days to assemble, and three hours to deliver more than 200 Easter baskets that will bring immeasurable smiles to some of Newcastle’s most at risk families this weekend.
The drive was the brainchild of Newcastle Hunter Mummas (NHM), a group with more than 20,000 members offering support to mothers within the region.
The group, founded six years ago, is committed to assisting mothers, by sharing advice and offering support.
They are also passionate about fundraising for families within the community who are “doing it tough”.
By Good Friday members of the group had played Easter Bunny to Nova for Women and Children, the Salvation Army, Allira House, Family Support Newcastle and Ronald McDonald House, delivering baskets filled with colouring books, plush toys, and chocolate eggs and bunnies.
NHM spokesperson Caroline Minords said Easter was traditionally a tough time for some mums.
“We try and help the local community and give something back so at Easter we are putting together baskets and giving them to women and children in need,” she said.
“All we asked of our members and supporters was that the next time they shopped, they dropped an egg, no matter how large or small, bunnies, colouring packs or basically anything related to Easter, into their basket and we’d do the rest.
“We also had a few drop-off points around the area.
“We were overwhelmed by how much was donated.”
Ms Minords and her team hand-delivered more than 200 baskets to Newcastle charities.
A Ronald McDonald House spokesperson said the donated sweet treats would help its families “make new, positive memories” about Easter.
Ms Minords said the group’s next fundraising focus was its annual Trivia Night, which it hoped would attract plenty of participants.
“It will be held on Saturday 5th June at Charlestown Bowling Club,” she said.
“All proceeds from that event go to The Mark Hughes Foundation.
“We still have tables available but desperately need prizes for the raffle.
“To think this Facebook page started with one lonely mum who wasn’t allowed to join a mother’s group but now has just shy of 20,000 members.”