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Disaster strikes egg-stra special Easter egg

by STACEY
HEANEY

Claire McAuley. Area Representative Johnsons Coffee

Claire McAuley. Area Representative Johnsons Coffee is shocked to find that the 5ft. 20kg especially commissioned Easter Egg ordered from Italy arrived in pieces after being smashed in transit.

DISASTER struck this week when plans to display an impressive 5ft chocolate Easter Egg to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care in a number of Mount Charles operated outlets crumbled after the specially commissioned egg arrived at its final destination in pieces.

The £300 egg, which weighed in at 20kg, was ordered from Italy by Lisburn-based Johnsons Coffee and was to be raffled off to customers at the various venues in a "Guess The Weight" competition with the proceeds going to Marie Curie.

Only days before the egg was due to be displayed Johnsons Coffee was notified by the importer of the egg's unfortunate demise — a victim of over zealous handling during the transportation process.

"We are extremely disappointed the display will not go ahead," said Claire McAuley, Area Representative, Johnsons Coffee. "I'm sure the egg would have been truly impressive to see in its former glory. We hoped to raise money for Marie Curie and would hate for the charity to miss out due to it being damaged in transit."

Ever resourceful, Johnsons Coffee has sourced a stunning gourmet 3ft Easter Egg made of Belgian Chocolate and weighing 4.5kg which it will display in the run up to Easter in Mount Charles outlets — Café Laurent, Forestside, Queen's PEC and Café Braid in Ballymena.

Mount Charles customers will be able to enter a raffle to win the indulgent chocolate treat and proceeds will be donated to Marie Curie. In addition, the local roaster will supplement the funds raised by making a donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

stacey.heaney@jpress.co.uk

Ulster Star
21/03/2008