Among the scores of fund-raising initiatives launched by a Yorkshire charity, there is one that continues to rule the roost thanks to the support of local businesses,
And now, seven years since the idea of knitting Easter chick covers for Cadbury crème eggs was first hatched, the Carers’ Resource is celebrating the smashing of two egg-stra special milestones.
Thanks to its army of volunteer knitters, more than 10,000 chicks have been hand-crafted – helping the charity race past the £15,000 fund-raising barrier in the process.
For one couple in particular, the annual fund-raiser is a finger-aching labour of love after teaming up to knit and decorate 2,158 of the covers between them.
Every year, supporters of the charity team up with Cadbury to knit Easter chick covers for the chocolate giant’s famed crème eggs. The chic chicks are then sold at businesses and other community outlets across Yorkshire for a donation of £1.50.
All the money generated is channelled via the charity’s network of offices into supporting the county’s growing number of people who look after a loved one.
For the first time this year, the charity has hopped into new ground by creating Easter bunny costumes as well as ones for chicks. And many have been created by recycling the miniature woolly Tour de France jerseys that graced Yorkshire during last summer’s historic Le Grand Depart.
Events and fundraising manager for the Carers’ Resource, Anne Wells, said: “This success story is a feather in the cap – quite literally – of all those people who give up their time so freely to knit these covers, as well as everyone in our community who sells them on our behalf.
“We are also delighted to be able to draw upon the generosity of Cadbury, who have backed this initiative every year since day one, and take an active interest in the work that we are able to do as a result.
“The chicks are not just a great Easter present – they also play an important role in raising awareness of the vital work we do in helping unpaid carers from all walks of life and of all ages overcome the day-to-day pressures that their role brings.”