NO child in Inverclyde will wake up without a chocolate treat this Easter - thanks to an eggs-tra special charity appeal.

Local Co-op stores have stepped in to support Children in Poverty Inverclyde's Easter Egg collection.

Thanks to the generosity of shoppers and staff, families everywhere will be feasting on delicious chocolate.

Charity champion Angela Porteous, of Co-op Funeralcare said: "We have come together to support Children in Poverty.

"I think when you speak to Pat Burke from the charity, his passion makes you passionate to help.

"It really is inspirational.

"They do amazing work and they are our charity of the year.

"This is another way we can support them.

Co-op branches in Gourock's Shore Street and Cardwell Road, Eldon Street in Greenock and the branches in Port Glasgow and Kilmacolm have all been involved in the collection.

Social workers from the local children and families team based in Port Glasgow were delighted to accept the eggs to distribute to families they work with.

April McNicol, who works with children with additional support needs and social work colleague Caroline Kane will be handing them out.

Caroline said: "We are over the moon with the donations.

"It makes such a difference to families when they know people are thinking of them.

"There is such a great need out there and people are finding it hard.

"We are delighted with the support from the Co-op and Children in Poverty.

"The charity is a great support to us, some of our families have had holidays as well through them."