Knitted chicks raise £15k for charity

Anne Wells celebrates a double milestone with some of the 10,000 chicks that have been created since the charity initiative began. (S)
Anne Wells celebrates a double milestone with some of the 10,000 chicks that have been created since the charity initiative began. (S)

An army of volunteer knitters has now created more than 10,000 hand-crafted chicks to raise £15,000 for a Harrogate and Ripon charity.

Seven years ago, the Carers’ Resource launched its initiative to knit chick covers for Cadbury creme eggs and raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Now, organisers are celebrating smashing this ‘egg-stra special’ 10,000 chick milestone, with one Harrogate couple teaming up to knit and decorate 2,158 covers between them.

“This success story is a feather in the cap – quite literally - of all those people who give up their time so freely to knit these covers, as well as everyone in our community who sells them on our behalf,” said Anne Wells, events and fundraising manager for the Carers’ Resource.

“We are also delighted to be able to draw upon the generosity of Cadbury, who have backed this initiative every year since day one, and take an active interest in the work that we are able to do as a result.

“The chicks are not just a great Easter present – they also play an important role in raising awareness of the vital work we do in helping unpaid carers from all walks of life and of all ages overcome the day-to-day pressures that their role brings.”

The covers, sold across Yorkshire for £1.50, raise money for the Harrogate and Ripon charity which supports the county’s growing number of carers.

For the first time this year, the charity also created Easter bunny costumes as well as the ones for chicks.

And many have been created by recycling the miniature woolly Tour de France jerseys that graced Yorkshire and the Harrogate district during last summer’s historic Grand Depart.

The covers are available from a range of outlets – from schools to cafes to rotary clubs – across the charity’s patch, as well as at its offices in North Park Road, Harrogate, and Allhallowgate, Ripon.

Further contact details available from www.carersresource.org.