A Kilwinning man’s Easter egg drive for sick children is now halfway to its goal thanks to strong community support.

Having launched his campaign to collect Easter eggs for children in Crosshouse Hospital just a month ago Michael Kirkum’s 2023 drive has already collected 600 eggs.

While he’s aiming for a total of 1,200, Michael is hopeful that in the month he has until Easter he’ll be able to meet his goal.

He said: “We’re over halfway to our target with donations from Billy’s Barbers, Tracey McLaughlin, Ewan McLaughlin, Jaqueline Russell, the Neil brothers and George Spence Roofing.

“Children in hospital face daily treatment and with some restrictions still in place the Easter eggs keep a bit of normality in their lives.

“It’s been 12 years and still going strong so thanks for the community support because without it, things just would not be as successful as they are.”

Those looking to contribute can contact Michael who will arrange a time and date to collect donations.

Michael has been fund-raising for the community for over 30 years with over 10,000 eggs being donated to his Easter campaigns over the years.

Alongside the Eater egg drive, Michael is organising a ‘Cranberry Jam’ charity concert to raise funds for local food larders at Cranberry Moss Community Centre on April 15.

The gig will feature Ardrossan soprano singer Katie Cochrane, Irvine saxophonist Gerry O’Hagan, Kilwinning guitarist Julian Mclaughlan junior, Saltcoats singer-songwriter Craig Scott, Ayr musician Faz Ahern, and Kilwinning singer-songwriter Siannen McIlroy.

Michael added: “So far 86 tickets have been sold and we’d love to sell another 24 so we can sell this out.

“Your support of this event is helping the most vulnerable in the community through this cost-of-living crisis.

“Community spirit is what gets people through these tough times.”

To donate to the drive or enquire about Cranberry Jam tickets, call Michael on 07961 540780 or email him at mgkirkum89@outlook.com.