Due to the closure of schools and businesses, we made the decision to scale back the Easter Chick Appeal in 2021. Most of our chicks are sold in schools and offices, and without any certainty regarding their reopening, we cannot be sure of selling the quantity we usually receive.

For that reason, we didn't appeal for donations of knitted chicks as we already had a large quantity of leftover chicks in storage because of the disruption to last year’s appeal.

However, despite the odds, the 2021 appeal was a great success and we're now looking forward to receiving your chicks for 2022!

To find out how you can support the campaign – read on to find out more…

Sacks of knitted chicks arrive at Francis House

About the Easter Chick Knit Appeal

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.

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? Email rachel.astill@francishouse.org.uk or call 0161 443 2200

Last Year

Although our fundraising total was significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak, over £30,000 was raised and we would like to thank everyone involved for making the appeal a great success, even in the most challenging of circumstances.

In 2020, thanks to a terrific effort by knitters up and down the country, we received a whopping total of more than 53,000 knitted chicks and bunnies - a new record! The incredible generosity of the public meant tens of thousands of Creme Eggs were donated, and we were assisted by fantastic volunteers to repair, sort, fill and deliver the chicks.

Want to get involved?

Knit or crochet for us

Feel free to get started early for 2022!

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 popular too!

Scroll down to find the patterns.

Ladies knitting Easter chicks for Francis House
Ladies knitting Easter chicks for Francis House

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 posting in a box or two (you can do this easily via our Amazon Wishlist) or by making a donation towards the cost of the eggs. If you have been collecting eggs call us on 0161 443 2200 to arrange a doorstep drop off.

We won't need your creme eggs until nearer to Easter 2022.

Donating creme eggs for Francis House
Donating creme eggs to Francis House


We are always looking for more venues to take an order of chicks to sell. Schools, nurseries, offices or shops are normally great selling points. If you know of somewhere suitable that will be open for business leading up to Easter, please let us know. We will supply as many chicks (or bunnies) as required, along with collection tubs and posters.

Selling knitted chicks for Francis House
Selling knitted chicks for Francis House

Visit our shop

Our online shop will be selling knitted chicks and bunnies for just £1 each and filled with a creme egg. You might even be lucky enough to pick up small quantities of unique designs!

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Knitted chicks in a basket


  • Egg stuffing Filling 50,000 plus 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. This year we are unable to run our volunteer ‘stuffing sessions’ but would welcome the help of local supporters who would be willing to fill our chicks from the comfort of their own home! Please get in touch if you can help.

Download this year's patterns

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

Feel free to get started early for 2022!

Thank You For Your Donations