Blackpool's Big Ryan hands out out 600 Easter eggs in two weeks

Easter proved to be a bit brighter for less well-off families, homeless people and mental health patients in Blackpool thanks to an 'eggstra' touch of kindness.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 4:51 pm
Big Ryan Smith with Mark Butcher of Amazing Graze.

Big Ryan Smith, a prolific fundraiser and community figure from South Shore, managed to collect 600 Easter eggs from various supporters and distributed them across the town.

Some were presented to struggling older people at soup kitchen Amazing Graze, while others went to patients at The Harbour mental health unit.

Brian House hospice received some of the chocolate eggs for its seriously ill youngsters as did children being helped by Blackpool s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) .

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The chocolate goodies were handed out over two weeks in the run-up to Easter.

Big Ryan, 35, said: "Hopefully this will have a put a few smiles on a few faces in Blackpool over Easter, for those who need it most.

"I'd just like to thanks all the people and local businesses who helped me."

Among those supporting Ryan were car accident repair outfit Smart Xpress in Bispham, which generously provided 300 of the eggs, while Ryan's pal Spencer Brown of Gold Star Promotions donated £100.

Ryan staged a similar campaign over Christmas and last year was involved in several fundraisers including an effort to help raise funds towards a new lifeboat for Blackpool.