A COMMUNITY group has shared a throwback from the first lockdown. 

Newton and Earlestown Community Group shared a video showing a community effort to deliver Easter eggs to schools during the initial lockdown in 2020. 

The group worked with the Victoria Pub and volunteers to deliver 2,500 Easter eggs to local schools within 30 minutes. 

The gesture was one of many from the group, as NECG collaborated with other organisations to offer a food-poverty emergency foodbank delivery process during the initial outbreak. 

St Helens Star: A team effort ensured that over 2,000 Easter eggs were given to local schoolsA team effort ensured that over 2,000 Easter eggs were given to local schools

Seve Gomez-Aspron, Vice Chair of NECG said: "It feels like a lifetime ago now, but looking back, we pioneered a lot of stuff for the first time during lockdown to help support our community.

"The Easter Egg delivery was amazing because Granada Reports came down to cover the work, and we had that many volunteers helping, we delivered over 2,500 to every single primary school kid in Newton-le-Willows within 30 minutes, left on their doorstep to abide by lockdown rules.

"It was a such a strange time looking back, but one that the community can always be proud of how we pulled together.

"It was a strange and sometimes scary time, but the community in Newton-le-Willows supported each other fully."

The group, who received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, raised more than £10,000 and supported over 2000 families. 

Newton and Earlestown Community Group also recognised the financial pressure put on families during the global crisis and collaborated with Wargrave Emmanuel Church Group to organise a uniform bank.

Over 200 families benefited from the bank with around 350 uniform sets provided. 

Alongside helping struggling families, the group recently hosted its annual Newton Town Show which saw thousands attend.