Rainbows needs help to create memories this Easter

Rainbows is asking people in the East Midlands to donate the cost of an Easter egg rather than the chocolate this year.

Around 80 percent of children and young people who are supported by our charity are unable to eat Easter eggs because of the complex medical conditions they have.

This is due to Dysphagia which is the medical term for difficulty swallowing. Those with Dysphagia will often be tube fed through a nasogastric tube or gastrostomy straight into their stomach, meaning treats such as chocolate are not suitable.

So this Easter, instead of giving a chocolate egg, we are encouraging our supporters to purchase a virtual egg instead. The donations will help to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Nishil Saujani, Acting Director of Supporter Relations at Rainbows, said: “Sadly treats such as chocolate are not suitable for most of the children and young people that access Rainbows.

“But, we really appreciate that you’ll want to show your wonderful support; so instead of donating a chocolate egg, we’re asking you to donate the cost of an Easter egg. Chocolate will be devoured in five minutes flat, but the memories created from your generous donations this Easter, can last a lifetime.”

A virtual egg donation of £5 could fund our Play Team to provide arts and crafts fun and learning while £10 could pay towards the care of a baby, child or young person being looked after by our staff. A £20 donation could pay towards the care of a family member who has been recently bereaved.

To fund a virtual Easter egg, visit rainbows.co.uk/easter