With Easter creeping closer and closer, chocolate eggs are continuing to fill the shelves in the supermarkets. Yet another popular option to get your favourite Easter Chocolate comes from the incredible work of the Easter Chick Appeal from Francis House. The Appeal is a fundraising event organised by Francis House Children’s Hospice and the proceeds go to the hospice. Many volunteers donate their time, knitting thousands of chicks which will each be filled with a Cadburys Crème Egg. So far this year, Francis House has already received over 20,000 chicks that will be sold in schools, stores, and businesses across Greater Manchester. Last year’s appeal was a massive success too with tens of thousands of woolly chicks and bunnies being sold, raising over £51,500 to help fund the important work of the hospice.

Some of the hard-working volunteers involve those from a work’s knitting group based in Salford Quays. After winning £25 in a work’s raffle, one of the members, Sandra, chose to donate it back to fund the Crème Eggs used to fill the chicks. The knitting group then set about making over fifty of the little chicks to all be filled with the eggs. One member, Jackie said it was ‘a great opportunity to give back to my community and I’m so glad I could be a part of it.’

If you are interested in putting your needles to work and knitting some cute, little chicks to help this great cause please do not hesitate to get involved. All the information around donating them can be found on Francis House Children’s Hospice’s website alongside helpful patterns for how to make them. Unfortunately, the deadline for this year’s donations has already closed, however it is never too early to start knitting them for next year! Alternatively, you can get involved through organizing collections of Cadburys Crème Eggs or donating money so Francis House can purchase them. They are also always looking for more venues and volunteers to sell the chicks which they will supply for you.