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Clown Doctors bring Easter treats to Newcastle hospital

(L-R) Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Lara Bewick (7) from Consett, Jack Steabler (18 months) from Houghton-le-Spring, Dr Tammy Teacosy and Libby Nolan (The Children's Foundation) Credit: Longstone PR

Young patients in the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle have had a bit of an Easter surprise....after the Clown Doctors paid them a visit.

They delivered Easter Eggs and treats to children who will spend the Bank Holiday in hospital.

(L-R) Dr Tammy Teacosy, Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), and Finley Thompson (4 months old from Seaham) with mum, Kay Credit: Longstone PR

“It’s always hard for children in hospital but it’s especially difficult on special occasions like Easter.

Anything we can do, even simple things like sharing Easter eggs, helps lift the children and gives them something new to focus on.

– Libby Nolan, fundraising manager at The Children’s Foundation

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So how many Easter Eggs will YOU get?

Chocolatiers work on the hand-crafted chocolate Easter eggs and rabbits at Betty's in Harrogate Credit: PA

Children will get on average five Easter eggs each over the Easter holidays.

That's according to research from the website MummyPages.

The survey of Mum's shows that most are worried about the amount of sugar their sons and daughters will consume over the Bank Holiday, some chocolate eggs containing up to 60 teaspoons of sugar.

83%
The number of mums who ration their child's Easter Egg chocolate intake.
  • 59% of mums regularly intercept or take away some of their child's chocolate Easter Eggs without them knowing
  • 63% of respondents think parents should be consulted before an adult gives their child a gift of a chocolate Easter Egg
  • Popular alternatives to chocolate Easter Eggs for children include:

  • Books (83%)

  • Toys (63%),

  • New clothes (57%)

  • Home-made gifts (43%)

  • Special family day out (40%)

  • Gift vouchers (33%)

  • Home baked goods (33%)

  • 56% of mums think Easter Eggs should be limited by law to just one aisle or display in supermarkets

  • 19% of mums think there should be an extra 'sugar tax' on Easter Eggs

  • Mums average Easter Egg spend: Up to £10 (28%), £11-20 (48%), £21-30 (14%), £30-40 (7%), £40-50 (3%).

WW1 graves damaged in County Durham

Police are appealing for information after World War 1 headstones were damaged at a cemetery in Houghton.

On Tuesday (March 22) it was reported five gravestones had been damaged at Hillside Cemetery in Stanley Street.

The damages happened between Wednesday, February 17 and Monday, March 21.

A further ten have also been knocked over.

It's estimated the damage caused will cost around £15,000 to repair.

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