Join in our annual appeal, in which thousands of knitted Easter chicks filled with a Creme Egg are sold to raise funds for Francis House.

About the Easter Chick Knit Appeal

Every year, thousands of little woolly chicks and bunnies flock into Francis House, knitted by crafty supporters from across the world.

The chicks are filled with a donated chocolate egg each and sold in schools, stores and businesses all across Greater Manchester to raise funds for the hospice.

Have a question about the appeal? Get in touch via our enquiry form.
Alternatively, email rachel.nasiri@francishouse.org.uk or call 0161 443 2200


Last Easter

We are egg-static to announce that our 2024 Easter Chick Appeal has been a wool-derful success! We received donations of knitted chicks from far and wide, thanks to hundreds of knitters who put their needles to work in support of our campaign. Over 36,000 chicks, bunnies and eggs were received in total. With the help of dozens of volunteer vendors, £81,000 has been raised so far with more still to come…

Charity ‘chick knit’ recoups the cash

Want to get involved?

Knit or crochet for us

Put your needles to work and knit up as many little chicks as you can manage. Chicks can be as colourful as you please: the quirkier, the better! We also have a crochet pattern you can follow. Feel free to get creative and customise your chicks with knitted hats, scarves and accessories. However, simple traditional chicks are very welcome too.

If you fancy something a little different, why not try out the pattern for an Easter bunny?

You can post your finished chicks to: ‘Fundraising Office, Francis House Children’s Hospice, 390 Parrswood Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5NA’, marking your parcel ‘Easter Chicks’*. Please make sure we receive your finished chicks by March 10th 2025.

As an alternative, we are always delighted when supporters go the extra mile by filling their own knitted chicks and selling them to friends, family, colleagues, etc., sending in the funds raised once all have flown the nest.

*We are often asked by knitters whether they need to include the Creme Eggs in their parcel of chicks. The answer is no – it’s absolutely fine to send the chicks empty. However, if you do wish to include eggs or make a donation towards their cost, it’s always hugely appreciated! We appeal to supermarkets, businesses and local individuals to donate or collect eggs for us, but every year it gets more and more difficult to obtain the quantity we need.


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Donate or collect creme eggs for us

Every chick we receive needs pairing with a chocolate egg (Cadbury’s Creme Egg sized).

Help us source the thousands we need by setting up a collection in your workplace, school or at home, by purchasing a box or two on our behalf (you can do this easily via our Amazon Wishlist), or by making a donation towards the cost of the eggs.

Please deliver your Creme Eggs to us by March 14th 2025.

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We are always looking for more venues to take an order of chicks to sell. Schools, nurseries, offices or shops can be great selling points. We will supply you with as many chicks (or bunnies) as you wish, along with collection tubs and posters. We sell our standard chicks and bunnies for a minimum of £2. We can also supply 'accessorised chicks', which are £3 each.

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In the lead up to Easter, you can head to our online shop to purchase your very own chirpy chicks or bonny bunnies! You might even be lucky enough to pick up small quantities of unique designs. Prices start from £2 and all include a Cadbury’s Creme Egg. If you prefer to pick out your own chicks, you'll be able to find your nearest outlet using our map of vendors.

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  • Picking up eggs

    We will be contacting lots of supermarkets around Greater Manchester and Cheshire asking for Creme Eggs, but we will need help collecting all the donations. We look for ‘Egg Taxi’ volunteers to cover their local area – picking up eggs from local stores as and when they are offered – and then dropping them off at the hospice whenever is convenient.

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  • Egg stuffing

    Filling 50,000+ chicks with a Creme Egg each can be very time-consuming for our small fundraising team. We need volunteers to fill chicks with eggs and count out orders in the run up to Easter. We can arrange ‘stuffing sessions’ for corporate groups to come in make use of their staff volunteer hours. Individuals who are able to collect chicks and eggs from the hospice can stuff from home. We sometimes arrange drop-in stuffing sessions in the lead up to Easter. Come along, meet new people and ‘get stuffing’ together! If you would like to help, please let us know and we will be in contact when it’s time to stuff.

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  • Chick hospital

    Some chicks arrive a little crumpled from their journey in the post or are too big to firmly hold an egg. Our ‘Chick Hospital’ needs volunteers to administer stitches, fix broken beaks or perform googly eye transplants. Chick fixers can carry out a shift at home in their spare time. We can provide all the bits and bobs you’ll need. Chick hospital nurses are needed all year round!

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  • Chick deliveries

    We’d also welcome help with dropping off orders to many venues across Greater Manchester. Would you be willing to spare some time to deliver chicks around a certain area? If you’d be willing to help, just let us know the area you can cover, and we’ll be in contact if/when we need you!

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Download the patterns

We have both knitting and crochet patterns available for chicks and bunnies. Download yours below!

Find out more about knitting for our campaign

Chick Knit Enquiries