Easter Chick Bonanza for Francis House

We asked for help with our annual Easter Knitted Chick appeal and thousands of you responded.

Rachel Astill, Francis House fundraiser, with thousands of knitted chicks

Rachel Astill with thousands of knitted chicks.

50,000 chicks!

We received an incredible 50,000 knitted chicks hand-crafted by more than 700 kind-hearted knitters from across the north west region and UK.

The majority were delivered to the hospice and we were assisted by scores of volunteers to help repair, sort and stuff with creme eggs.

A surge in donations of creme eggs to fill each chick has meant that this year’s appeal will be our best yet!

Ready in time for Easter all the chicks are found new homes after being delivered to schools, shops and businesses by enthusiastic supporters and volunteers.

Each fluffy chick is sold for £1 or £2 each to help the children and families cared for by Francis House.

£72,000 raised!

“Once again knitters from near and far responded to our Easter appeal. We are delighted that this year we smashed last year’s total of £50,000 and raised an incredible £72,377 having received approximately 10,000 more chicks and eggs!”

Rachel Astill, Francis House fundraiser

Top of the chick charts!

  • Top of the knitting charts is Margaret Drury from Monton, Salford who single-handedly crafted 1,205 chicks.
  • St Richard’s Primary School, Longsight collected 2,958 eggs and also sold hundreds of chicks.
  • Pupils from Lady Barn House School in Cheadle collected 1,151 eggs after Caia Hemes (9) and Olivia Mabon (9) heard about Francis House through their Brownie group.
  • Select Transport based at Manchester Airport donated a delivery driver for two days to distribute over 8,500 chicks to locations in Urmston, Salford, Stockport, Sale, Stretford and Oldham.
  • News of the appeal even reached two remote villages in Africa where a group of around 80 women knitted 5,000 chicks in return for fair payment from a UK benefactor.

“As a charity we rely on the generosity of people to provide 88% of our income. To everyone who has supported our appeal we would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Rachel Astill

Money raised from the appeal will help towards the £12,800 a day running costs for the care of children and young people with life-limiting conditions and support for their families.

Make a donation today to Francis House

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