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The Chocolate Society Donates 1,826 Easter Eggs to NHS Staff

There's so much coverage across the news right now about the challenging conditions front-line NHS workers are facing on a daily basis in tackling Coronavirus COVID-19. In response to the pandemic, chocolate businesses have reacted in a number of ways, with the latest news being that Cadbury's Bournville plant is now 3D-printing face mask visors for front-line staff in collaboration with 3P Innovation.

Overwhelmed with the support his customers had shown him during these uncertain times, one local chocolatier decided to host a 24-hour challenge in the run up to Easter in order to treat front-line staff at a very desperate time.

Al Garnsworthy challenged his Somerset-based team at The Chocolate Society to produce as many Easter eggs as possible in a 24-hour period. Codenamed "#eastereggathon," the results from 1,440 minutes of non-stop labour would be shipped to NHS front-line staff as brief respite from the relentless challenges they are currently facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Chocolate Society Donates 1,826 Easter Eggs to NHS Staff
Photo credit to The Chocolate Society

The result was a colossal 1,826 chocolate Easter eggs! Yes, 1,826 Easter eggs! The eggs were branded in red packaging with the message "We think you are Eggceptional." They were distributed to front-line NHS workers across the country.

ITV News' Royal Editor Chris Ship tweeted his support, as did the winner of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine garden of the year 2018, Wayne Amiel.

Al Garnsworthy also set up a GoFundMe fundraising page for this 24-hour chocolate making marathon, seeking to raise £500 for Heroes, a campaign designed to support NHS key workers with necessary food and gifts while they fight against the disease on the front-line.

The herculean actions of The Chocolate Society team meant they smashed that target, raising £3,158 through 113 donations at the time of writing. You can donate to the campaign here.

Congratulations to Al and his team. It's a hugely impressive achievement that makes a real difference on the front-line.

Remember to play your part: Stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.

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