Black Country firm buys 400 Easter eggs for poorly children

By Jamie Brassington | Willenhall | Coronavirus | Published:

How's this for an egg-cellent gesture?

Calum Hardie from Fastline Steel services based in Willenhall

Willenhall-based Fast Line Steel Services has bought 400 Easter eggs for children at two Black Country hospitals.

The eggs have been purchased for youngsters spending time at Walsall's Manor Hospital and Wolverhampton's New Cross, who are staying in hospital over Easter.

The company, which manufactures steel gates and fences, has also purchased packets of water bottles for nurses and NHS staff.

The kind gesture has been done to bring about cheer amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Transport manager Calum Hardie said: "We were discussing the virus in the office and my boss said to me: 'Do me a favour, buy a load of Easter eggs and take them to hospital. While you are there, take water for the nurses as well'.

"I went over to Sainsbury's [in Bentley Bridge] and said I wanted to buy loads of eggs for New Cross [and Walsall Manor].

"I asked to speak to the manager and they let me do it. Myself and my manager are both Walsall lads so we wanted to help the Manor Hospital too.


"Altogether I bought about 400 Easter Eggs from Sainsbury's. There was about £70 worth of water."

He continued: "It will hopefully be a nice present with all that is going on around the world.

"It isn't nice. I know people have been on their doors clapping. But the thing is, the NHS staff always overworked and under-staffed. It is not just now, but they always work hard."

The firm is now making arrangements to deliver the items for Easter.

Fast Line Steel Services has just manufactured some gates and fences which are being used in the make-shift hospital at Birmingham's NEC.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
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