CARING siblings from Dalgety Bay have collected 850 Easter eggs for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. 

Nine-year-old Alex Fyfe and his little sisters Derryn, seven, and Jorgie, six, are giving the chocolate treats to kids who find themselves in hospital in the holidays. 

They easily surpassed last year's total, when they had over 500 eggs, and proud mum Nichola said: "The eggs have taken over the house this year! 

"They've been in the garden, up the stairs and even in my mum’s spare bedroom. It’s amazing that this just started with a few friends and family and it’s just grown from there.”

Alex came up with the idea four years ago after he was left a treat during his recovery from a major operation in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. 

Nichola said: “Alex has been in and out of the hospital since he was born and when he received an egg on Easter Sunday a few years ago he was made up. He asked us who had given him the egg and wanted to collect some eggs so others could have the same experience.

“When your child is in hospital as a parent you lose track and when someone else makes it a bit easier for you it takes away the hassle.”

Donation drop off points were set up at Tesco Dalgety Bay, Gym 64 and Pitreavie and Nichola’s friend Chris Macleod transported all the eggs to Edinburgh in his van. 

Sue Diamond, from Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “Nichola is an incredible volunteer and along with the rest of the Dalgety Bay community she’s done a great job. 

“It means we don’t really need any more eggs! In fact we’ve been able to pass them on to even more children’s wards, including Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital and St John’s in Livingston."