Helston Rugby Club is donating more than 130 Easter eggs to children of key workers - and is encouraging people to donate more.

It comes as the club was forced to close for the season yesterday, amid government warnings to avoid social contact in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The club had been planning its annual Easter barbecue for members, which was to have included an Easter raffle.

With many chocolate eggs already donated, the club has decided to instead give these to the children of key workers, including NHS staff, delivery drivers and supermarket workers, teachers and the emergency services, who may not get to see their families so much while they are working to keep the country going.

The club said on its Facebook page: "Here at Helston RFC we would love you to have our Easter Raffle eggs.

"Currently there are over 130 eggs and we’ll deliver anymore that people want to donate; drop off point details to follow.

"If you want to panic buy, buy these brave guys an Easter egg?

"Worrying about their parents going to work in this terrible invisible danger, going to study in a strange school environment whilst their friends are safe at home - you should be very proud of yourselves."

Club leaders had previously announced that after careful consideration, it would be closing after business on Friday, March 20, line with government guidance.

They said: "It is with a heavy heart that we make this decision but we feel we are no longer able to safeguard our staff, volunteers or patrons.

"Our great club will continue and we will return and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

"Our very best wishes go out to all our players, members and wider town beyond.

"Stay safe and well."

The club was not the only place to close yesterday, with schools around the country shutting their doors to all but the children of key workers.

It left many children in year six and year 11 fearing they would not be returning again to see their friends before going on to secondary school or sixth form in September.

Having possibly missed out on an end of school celebration, Helston Rugby Club is planning a mass celebration for all of Helston's children leaving school, once it is safe to do so.

The 'School's Out Party' will have a 'uniform' dress code and every school in Helston is invited to an afternoon of live music and entertainment, street food - and maybe even an impromptu Flora Dance or two.

The club said: "Having watched the faces of our end of school children, the tears, the smiles and pen covered shirts, we want to help this year's children create a memory they’ll never forget.

"Whilst it is crucial to safeguard our children and do everything we can to beat this virus - and we will - life will continue and will return to some sort of normal and when it does, we want to invite you to hold your summer end of year party on our rugby pitch."

More details will be announced nearer the time.