COMMUNITY champion Steve Barton has smashed his target as he bids to make it an eggs-tra special Easter.
Usually Steve, who operates the privately-run Barty’s Foodbank in Stalybridge, gives away about 3,000 eggs at Easter to the needy.
But this year he set himself an ambitious target of 10,000 eggs as he strives to spread happiness in these challenging times.
As The Correspondent went to press, the total of donated Easter eggs stood at almost 11,300.
“The response has been amazing and, I reckon of shops and workplaces were all open, we might have collected 20,000 eggs.”
Of the latest donations, Jamie Bell and Paul Pritt from Jigsaw Homes have given 490 eggs.
Steve has distributed eggs to schools, hospitals and care homes and groups like Ashton’s Women And Their Families Centre, Greystones homeless charity and CLIC Sarjent.
“The mental health of people is in tatters because of Covid and I am hoping this will give them a lift, if only a small one, when they need one,” he said.
Steve has also appealed for donations to Barty’s Foodbank which is based in the car park at The New Stalybridge Labour Club.
“Demand is higher than it has ever been and I get more and more messages in my inbox each week,” he said.
Items which are in short supply include tinned meat, meatballs, pasta sauce and beans.