I just can’t stop knitting chicks, says Margaret

CHICKS, glorious chicks – one hard-working woman from the county has knitted more than 1,000 Easter chicks for a hospice appeal.

Margaret Wright only began making the chicks two years ago following a request for help from a friend and volunteer at the Trinity Hospice in London.

But now the Wellingborough resident has finished another batch of more than 1,000 knitted chicks for the hospice’s second annual appeal.

The chicks are each filled with chocolate eggs and are sold at more than a dozen schools in areas of London where the hospice operates.

Last year the appeal raised more than £8,000.

Ms Wright said she got carried away on the knitting after her friend Sheila Willams’ request for help.

She said: “I can’t stop knitting chicks.

“Sheila and I are old school friends and I visit her in Clapham.

“I was going to knit a few chicks but I just kept going – now I’m doing 25 a week.

“I can’t even watch the television without knitting chicks.”

The hospice’s appeal is called Support Our Nurses.

The scheme involves volunteers knitting a total of 3,000 chicks and passing them on to school children to sell them for cash.

It is part of the hospice’s drive to raise more than £6m a year to continue providing an end-of-life care service for 750,000 people in central and south-west London.

Hospice fundraiser Catherine Sykes said: “It is a fantastic effort from all of our knitters and all of the local schools who sell the chicks for us.

“We couldn’t provide our free specialist end of life care without the help of all our volunteers and supporters – this is a very special effort for Easter.”

This year is especially big for the hospice as it opens new day services at Clapham Common.

From the common it will provide complementary therapies, advice, counselling and various activities for patients, families, friends and carers.

The hospice is 121 years old and is the oldest in the country.

Anyone wanting to make a donation or find out more information on the hospice appeal can call 020 7787 1088 or visit www.trinityhospice.org.uk/nurseappeal.