EASTER has been made a little more eggciting for children spending the holiday in hospital thanks to chocolatey donations from Wirral’s finest.

Merseyside Police officers delivered more than 400 Easter eggs to children and staff at Claire House Children’s Hospice and Arrowe Park Hospital today.

The collection was co-ordinated by Birkenhead neighbourhood team Constable Claire Walker and Constable Paul Farnworth.

Police mascot “Bobby” and community champion Debbie Layfield - from Tesco’s Bidston store - helped to deliver the eggs as well as a number of raffle prizes.

Officers in the neighbour team have been collecting eggs from local organisations for the last three years.

This year, Easter eggs were kindly donated by Birkenhead YMCA, Tesco in Bidston, ASDA Grange Road and Marks & Spencer in Birkenhead.

Eggs were also delivered to Wirral Home Start Hub, which works with parents by supporting and encouraging them through the difficulties of family life.

PC Walker said: "It was a cracking day and the smiles on the children's faces were absolutely fantastic for me and my colleagues to see.

“All the children that we came across received an egg and there are a huge amount of eggs left at these locations for children who may be receiving treatment over the Easter period, to hopefully put a smile on their faces!

"It was a real team effort, not just from the officers, who handed out the donations on the day, but also the organisations who kindly donated eggs and gifts whom I’d like to thank.

"It has been a pleasure for us to have brought a little bit of cheer to these children and their parents during what can be a very difficult time."