Chick knitters are egg-cellent
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