Thousands of children, including those in care, are getting an Easter treat after companies in Nottingham donated chocolate eggs.

Staff at businesses across the city have been donating the treats to Nottingham City Council, which has distributed them to youngsters who may need a happy Easter treat this weekend.

They have been given out to those who may not otherwise receive anything at this time of year, particularly children in care including those housed in residential homes, short-breaks unit and residential provision for children with complex needs and disabilities.

But many other young people in the community who are considered children in need will get a share of the eggs.

Two of the city’s largest employers, Boots and Experian, provided the biggest donation with almost 2,000 eggs between them. Many other businesses have donated, including Insurance Initiatives Ltd, Sainsbury’s Express Hockley, Thomson Reuters, Forget Me Notts, Audi Sytner, Freeths LLP, Ward C5, QMC, Intu Broadmarsh, Intu Victoria Centre and Eversheds.

Councillor David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Early Intervention and Early Years, said: “Every Easter, Nottingham City Council is really grateful for the incredible generosity of staff in the local business community. I would like to thank everyone who has kindly donated this year.

“These eggs will put a smile on the faces of local children and it will mean so much to them. These youngsters will be able to enjoy and celebrate the Easter break much more fully, and for that we are very grateful.”