Tai chi teacher hands 90 Easter treats to homeless

Angela Fallon with her Easter egg haul
Angela Fallon with her Easter egg haul
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A TAI chi teacher in the Capital is bidding to bring a touch of Easter cheer to the city’s less fortunate.

Big-hearted Angela Fallon has collected 90 Easter eggs to give to those without a home.

Two weeks ago, the 49-year-old mentioned the idea to her tai chi students, who reacted enthusiastically.

She said she was soon inundated with donations, as well as personal goodwill messages for the homeless.

Angela, of Polwarth, said: “When you have nothing, chocolate is a luxury and an Easter egg can lift a person’s spirit.

“It might be a low priority when you need food and shelter but the gesture might just give them a little bit of hope.

“I am sure there are many days when life doesn’t feel like it’s worth living when you are cold and hungry and people are walking past you on the street.”

The teacher said the gesture would not solve the problem of poverty but should help bring some relief to those who are struggling to get by.

“It’s as if you don’t exist,” she said. “But just to think someone has bought you an egg with a personal message could make a difference.

“It’s a small offering from all of us who have little time to do more, but the real credit goes to everyone working in the background every week to keep these lifelines going.”

Everyone put a sticker on their egg with a good wish for the recipient. Half the eggs went to St Catherine’s Convent, in Lauriston Gardens, which runs a project for the homeless offering food, warmth, a shower, clean clothes and a listening ear to all in need.

The project relies on donations and the work of the nuns and volunteers, with around 200 people coming through the doors every day.

The other 45 eggs were donated to Barclay Viewforth Church, which hosted 45 homeless people yesterday through the Bethany Care Shelter programme.

Angela’s interest in helping people on the street was sparked after her mother expressed a wish for her late father’s clothes to go directly to homeless men to keep them warm.

She said: “After taking bags of clothes to Barclay Viewforth Church on a bitterly cold evening I realised how much more is needed. I’ve begun collecting clothes, toothpaste, toothbrushes and toiletries to pass on to these great organisations so the homeless benefit directly.

“It is so very easy to do something small with a big impact. I plan to continue collecting but anyone can do this.

“I hope next Easter this ‘eggs for the homeless project’ becomes a national project to benefit all.”

john.connell@edinburghnews.com