Chick knit­ters are egg-cel­lent

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

KNIT­TERS in Mid­dle­ton have been bran­dish­ing their knit­ting nee­dles to help a children’s hospice with its an­nual Easter ap­peal.

Ev­ery year, Fran­cis House Children’s Hospice in south Manch­ester re­ceives thou­sands of knit­ted chicks from well wish­ers across Greater Manch­ester and around the globe.

Each woolly cre­ation is filled with a small cho­co­late egg, do­nated in their tens of thou­sands by schools, su­per­mar­kets and lo­cal busi­nesses, and the cute chicks are sold across the re­gion for £1.

The an­nual ap­peal raises thou­sands for the char­ity.

The knit­ting cir­cle at St Thomas’ Church in Bowlee has made al­most 200 chicks for the ap­peal.

Mean­while the Korner Kitchen in Alkring­ton, Tesco Mid­dle­ton Ex­tra and Mor­risons Hey­wood gen­er­ously do­nated cho­co­late eggs.

Last year the Easter chick knit re­sulted in an in­cred­i­ble 40,000 cro­cheted and knit­ted chicks de­scend­ing into the Manch­ester hospice that pro­vides a home from home en­vi­ron­ment to the fam­i­lies of children with life­lim­it­ing con­di­tions.

This year’s ap­peal is on tar­get to match the pre­vi­ous to­tal of £50,000 raised.

Rachel Astill, fundrais­ing of­fi­cer at Fran­cis House said: “From its be­gin­nings as a chick knit by our hospice vol­un­teers, and through the hard work of our sup­port­ers and the wider knit­ting com­mu­nity, the Fran­cis House Easter Chick Knit has be­come a much-loved an­nual ap­peal with a fan­tas­tic feel-good fac­tor.

Ev­ery sin­gle chick knit­ted and ev­ery egg do­nated re­ally makes a big dif­fer­ence to us.”

More than 740 knit­ters have taken part, in­clud­ing groups of knit­ters and crafters.

The money raised will help to­wards the long term run­ning costs of the hospice, cur­rently at more than £12,900 a day.

Rachel added: “It takes time to send out knit­ting pat­terns, or­gan­ise egg stuff­ing ses­sions and vol­un­teer de­liv­er­ies for thou­sands of chicks, but the re­sults are al­ways fan­tas­tic.

“We are re­ally grate­ful to ev­ery­one who gets in­volved, and on be­half of Fran­cis House and the 1,200 fam­i­lies we sup­port I would like to say a huge thank you.”

For any­one want­ing to find out more about Fran­cis House, there is a pub­lic open day at the hospice on Mon­day, April 23.

For de­tails call 0161 443 2200.

Sacks of chicks ar­rive at Fran­cis House for the 2018 chick ap­peal

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