The Easter bunny made an early appearance at Alder Carr Farm, Needham Market, as part of a campaign to raise money for the installation of free smoke alarms in the homes of those in special need.
The bunny, also known as five-year-old Rianna Chittock, was helping members of the Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club with publicity for their annual raffle of giant Easter eggs.
This year all the money raised by the raffle will go to support the club's major initiative to install alarms in the homes of vulnerable residents in the Mid Suffolk area. The project, which is being run in conjunction with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, aims to identify and provide potentially lifesaving alarms in the homes of those people in the community who, whether through age or infirmity, are particularly at risk of fire.
During March Rotarians have been placing a large number of the giant eggs in pubs, clubs, shops and garden centres throughout the area and are asking members of the public to pay a minimum of £1 to enter the raffle. A winner will be drawn from the entrants at each of the participating venues on or before Easter Sunday.
Peter Watson, a member of the club who is also a community fire volunteer, explained that the purpose of the fund-raising was to ensure that the Fire and Rescue Service always had sufficient resources to provide smoke alarms to those residents who meet the criteria for free installation. The club has also been involved in organising community awareness meetings in villages jointly with the Fire and Rescue Service and parish councils.
"By providing early warning of fire, a properly installed system of smoke alarms can prove crucial in saving lives. This is particularly the case when it comes to residents who are old, lack mobility, are partially sighted or who are hard of hearing.
"The Fire and Rescue Service is hugely committed to this project, and we Rotarians are helping to ensure that the funding is available for sufficient smoke alarms to be placed in the homes of those who are at higher risk than the average."