UK’s biggest Egg Hunt hits Liverpool

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Claire Sweeney launched yesterday's hunt © Action for Children

Claire Sweeney launched the hunt © Action for Children

The UK’s biggest ever Easter egg hunt has been brought to Liverpool city centre this week to help support a children’s charity.

Over 100 giant eggs have been hidden around Liverpool ONE and the Albert Dock as part of the Lindt Big Egg Hunt, with all of the funds from the event going to Action for Children- a charity that aims to help the most vulnerable and deprived children and families across the UK.

Families are being offered the chance to win £100 worth of chocolate as they are challenged to search for eggs in the “fundraising spectacular”. Hunters will be treated with Lindt Gold Bunnies and Lindor truffles as they get involved in the fun.

Cristina Pittelli, a spokesperson for Action for Children, told JMU Journalism how important it is to raise awareness of the charity.

She said:  “The Lindt Big Egg Hunt is a giant Easter egg hunt and art exhibition and it’s an amazing way to get people together to support a great cause, Action for Children.

“There are about a third of the eggs at Liverpool ONE but more of the eggs are hidden in and around The Albert Dock, there are about 101 eggs to hunt all in all. It’s a chance for families to have a great day out together. We’re also looking for people to be part of the hunt as volunteers, including those with an art background, who can help spruce up some of the eggs in the city.”

The tour made its Liverpool debut with former Brookside actress and musical star Claire Sweeney helping to launch the event.  The two foot high eggs have been designed by leading artists and are decorated with famous children’s cartoon characters including Peppa Pig, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Vincent McEvoy, the artist who designed one of the eggs for the hunt, was amongst those at the the launch.

He told JMU Journalism: “I did an egg last year for Action for Children and they asked me to do another one this year and so I thought I’d do a Beatles egg.

“I found an American Bazooka Joe label and blew that up to make my egg because Andy Warhol always told me that if you take something small and make it big it becomes another thing, so that’s what I did.”

Last year the hunt in London set two Guinness World Records and raised more than £1 million for charity.

The big hunt finishes in Liverpool on Tuesday March 5th before it goes to Birmingham, Glasgow Manchester and then ends back in London.

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