It was a chilly day at this year’s ‘Children on the Edge Easter Chocolate Trail’, but over 300 children braved the cold to bake up the ‘ingredients of a full childhood’.
Down at Priory Park on Easter Saturday local children wrapped up warm to enjoy an Easter Trail with a difference.
Sponsored by Montezuma’s Chocolates, this year was our 9th annual Easter event and raised over £1800 for our work.
Each year children come along to the park and join in the trail, learning about our projects and collecting delicious Montezuma’s chocolates along the way! This time each stand on the trail, bedecked with brightly coloured balloons, helped the children to explore not only what ‘ingredients’ are needed for a full childhood, but also how we provide these for overlooked children around the world. To continue the theme, children put together the ingredients of peppermint and orange creams to make their own box of sweets, and created their own ‘Lush’ bath bombs!
Alongside the usual array of face paints, activities and treats, there was an exciting ‘Children on the Egg eggsperiment’ competition. Children designed ingenious contraptions to keep an egg from cracking when dropped from the top of a stepladder. With a great team of assistants dressed in lab coats and booming countdowns from the onlookers as each egg was dropped, this attraction kept the crowds well distracted from the cold!
Chichester's Mayor Anne Scicluna visited the event and took a tour around the country stands. She said “It was a lovely event and I really enjoyed the morning. It was wonderful to see so many people attending, and see children learning about those in other countries, and how we can help”.
Congratulations go to Elijah Horne and Lucinda Turner whose designs were selected to be made into real Montezuma’s Chocolate Easter Eggs as part of a special competition held throughout local schools. The two delighted winners were presented with their eggs at the trail.
All money raised from the event has gone to our work and we’re incredibly grateful for all those volunteers who gave up their time to help as well as the wonderful local businesses who sponsored the event and donated prizes.