Yachtswoman raises money with knitted Easter chicks

Yachtswoman raises money with knitted Easter chicks

Knitting is a great skill for fundraisers, especially during special holidays and seasons.

With Easter on the cards, a keen yachtswoman has swapped her oars for knitting needles in order to make a host of woollen chicks.

Pip Rowntree, from Burniston, has managed to raise more than £100 for the Scarborough Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) by creating her knitted collection of chickens.

Each of the birds were given a little coloured ribbon to wear around their necks and chocolate cream eggs were attached, before they were sold for £2 at her local yacht club.

Ms Rowntree, who is an occupational therapist based at Scarborough Hospital, was keen to raise money for the RNLI and her local branch's new lifeboat appeal after a friend of hers was rescued by them.

Her close pal Roger Buxton almost died when he was washed overboard in heavy seas while sailing his yacht from Whitby to Scarborough in May 2011.

But thankfully he was rescued by an RNLI lifeboat and subsequently taken to hospital by helicopter.

This scary situation prompted Ms Rowntree to organise a games night with an auction of promises and a raffle raising over £1,000 in July 2011.

She isn't planning on giving up there either and is already planning her next fundraising event.

This will be a sunflower competition in the summer, which should help collect even more vital funds for the RNLI.

With Easter fast approaching, there are many knitting projects you could get involved in to help raise some money for charity, or even just brighten up your home.

Why not try this cute Edmund Easter Bunny Knitting Pattern?

It could make a great gift for a child and can be knitted using just one ball of double knit yarn.

You can pick whichever colour you like for a really fun look and the inside of the ears can be decorated with printed cotton to give your bunny some added personality.

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