Knitters getting busy for hospice's annual Easter campaign

Knitters getting busy for hospice's annual Easter campaign

Knitters are once again being recruited to help with an annual campaign that aims to raise money for a London-based hospice.

The Clapham Common North Side hospice provides palliative care for more than 2,000 patients and their families each year and needs an estimated annual £7 million to continue doing this worthy work.

Every spring since 1999, it has asked volunteers to create thousands of woolly chicks, eggs and rabbits that can then be donated, filled with chocolates and sold via local businesses that cooperate with the initiative.

Last year, the chicks and their friends generated a massive £6,704 for the cause, while a total of £67,000 has been raised since the project's inception.

For its 15th year, the organisers are hoping more people than ever will get involved, whether it's through crafting, providing yummy fillings or volunteering to sell the finished creations at their workplaces and children's schools.

There is still lots of time to pick up those knitting needles if you're eager to help out with the craftier side of things, wherever you are in the country.

Indeed, the toys often sell out and so extra knitters are needed to keep up with the demand! The hospice has provided simple patterns on its website - click here - so you can choose which characters you want to make up and get the details instantly via your computer. 

At Knit Rowan, we also have plenty of spring-coloured yarns to get you going once you have downloaded the instructions. Our Pure Wool Worsted is available in 50 shades, including a beautiful buttercup that would be ideal for cute little chicks.

It should then be possible to either send the chicks off to be sold in London, or to sell them yourself in your own home town and donate the money. Order forms are available through Catherine at if you hope to do the latter. Good luck!

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