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We said this year’s Nitro Neo Easter Eggstravaganza would be bigger and better than last year, and thanks to Neo’s hard work and the support of his fans, sponsors, family and friends, he’s managed to raise and deliver a phenomenal amount of easter eggs to spread smiles to children facing a rough time this Easter.  Read on to see how many he gathered this year and what good use they went to.

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Nitro Neo with the huge donation made by customers at Kingsway Sainsbury’s, Derby.

Last year Neo collected an amazing 180 Easter eggs for Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, but this year he gathered a jaw dropping 742 eggs, more than quadrupling last year’s total!

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Neo kicked things off when he bought the first lot of eggs using his bonus from a recent race win.  Whilst buying them Neo and his team started chatting to Sainsbury’s staff about why it looked as if Neo was buying his own eggs for Easter.   Mark Buckley the Store Manager thought what Neo was doing was fantastic once he heard his story so he kindly offered to support his campaign to spread smiles at Easter. We were surprised when Mr Buckley gave Neo £200 on behalf of Sainsbury’s so he could buy Easter goodies from Kingsway Sainsbury’s in Derby, and we were close to bursting when Mr Buckley suggested running a Nitro Neo Eggstravaganza weekend so customers could get involved.  Get involved they did!  The people of Derbyshire didn’t disappoint, they gave generously and donated an amazing 404 easter eggs. Read about it in the Derby Telegraph!

 

On top of this, we have to thank the following for making it possible to put smiles on 742 young people’s faces this Easter and remind them somebody is thinking of them: Neo’s sponsors Judd Racing and Muc-Off, fellow race friends Finlay and Scott Boxall donated on behalf of 3 Peak Developments, Rowditch Bargain Booze, Keith and Alfie Pearce, Leigh Derbyshire, Reece Wheater, Heanor Tesco, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, and Family.

Once all of the donations were gathered Neo set off at break-neck speed to deliver them before having to get himself to Preston to race round two of the Route 77 Energy British MX Cup over the Easter weekend.  Neo delivered 204 Easter Eggs to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, making sure each department received enough for every patient.  Neo started his delivery in out-patients where 150 were delivered for the expected number of patients attending the following week, Neo handed them out to all children who were there on the day.  A further 34 went to the wards and 20 for surgical and dental patients. 46 eggs are going to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
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Neo gave a Milky Bar egg to Emma Wilson’s son who was in A&E at the time, Emma said:
How lovely of you to be giving out easter eggs. It really touched me that young people can be so kind. So thank you for making me smile and doing such a lovely thing for others x.
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Neo delivering smiles around Derbyshire Children’s Hospital

As Neo set his target so high we knew there would be too many for Derbyshire Children’s Hospital alone so he delivered 492 smiles in the form of chocolate eggs to Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity.  Some went to local Barnardo’s charity shops and raised £248, whilst others went directly to children and were delivered personally. Neo also raised a further £125 cash for the charity.

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Neo loading up 492 chocolate eggs and soft toys to spread smiles to Barnardo’s services across Derbyshire

 

Nitro Neo said: “It’s really nice of everyone to help me spread so many smiles this Easter. It made the children at hospital and Barnardo’s really happy when I took the Easter eggs in.  I can’t believe there were so many, we had eggs all over the place and we had to make a few trips to get them to where they needed to be.  Thank you everyone for your help, you’re all awesome and made loads of kids happy.”

 

 

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Part of Neo’s delivery to Barnardo’s

 The people of Derbyshire weren’t the only ones impressed with Neo’s efforts, as not long after revealing the rising total to the Derby Telegraph we received a call from the BBC One Show asking for Neo to appear in their live Easter special show.  Neo was invited to ride his motocross bike on to the show to meet Patrick Kielty and Felicity Kendal CBE before racing against Patrick and Nicolas Hamilton using radio controlled cars, how very cool. Neo was also to be interviewed about his Eggstravaganza and motocross, bringing the sport into the headlines for all the right reasons. Neo was gutted he couldn’t make it because the show was being aired live from London and he and his bikes had to be 236 miles away to compete in round two of the British MX Cup, but The One Show assured us they will keep in touch with the little fundraising superstar!
Finally – thank you once again to each and every Nitro Neo fan – you’re the ones that make all this possible, and all of us at Nitro HQ are extremely grateful for your support.
 
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I know, I can’t quite believe it either, but it’s on Facebook so it must be true!  So I’m sat at the Team Nitro office preparing to blog about Neo’s race last weekend when the boss hands me the phone.  It was only BBC Radio Derby asking if Nitro Neo would go to the studio to be interviewed about his efforts to deliver Easter eggs and spread smiles at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital this coming weekend!  I know, our teams little 6 year old racer being chased for a live interview.

Neo is being interviewed live at the BBC Radio studios in Derby at 8am Friday 18 April 2014.  Tune in tomorrow morning for the interview, Nitro Neo + Radio studios = something interesting on air! Listen on 104.5, 95.3 and 96FM, 1116AM, online and mobile.  If you’re listening and want to get involved, tweet using #nitroneoaid, or post to ImNitroNeo on Facebook.

You can hear the interview again here and check out his last charity campaign ‘Operation Christmas Smiles’ here.

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Nitro Neo has been called upon! Following the success of Operation Christmas smiles where Nitro Neo delivered 250 toys to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, we have been asked to return and spread more smiles this Easter, and who are we to say no to poorly children?  As with Christmas we can’t do it alone, we need your help to gather as many Easter eggs as possible, so we’d love to hear from you if you can spare one from your child’s collection:

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The success of Operation Christmas Smiles was down to Nitro Neo’s fans who contacted us to make small and large donations of toys, we’re hoping we can all chip in and do the same to spread more smiles this Easter.  The children at the hospital were most grateful, we could tell by the smiles on their faces, just look at some of the photos.  Well Easter will soon be here and we all know chocolate can put a smile on a poorly child’s face too.  So here’s the plan:

  • Nitro Neo has already donated 8 Easter eggs from his Bugatti Veyron saving tin, and his sponsors, tmi, have donated a super sized egg;
  • Neo’s fans contact us to make a donation of Easter eggs or money for us to collect eggs on your behalf;
  • We collect the Easter egg(s) from you or buy them on your behalf;
  • Neo delivers the Easter Eggs to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital….on his motocross bike!
  • Children who are well enough to leave the wards will be able to have their photo taken on Neo’s motocross bike to show family and friends.
  • Neo will visit the wards to deliver the Easter eggs and cheer up patients who aren’t well enough to be home to spend Easter with family and friends.

Remember, if you would like to help, here’s how to get in touch:

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