EGG-STRAVAGANZA Chicks with chocolates are out in force at the Hospice in the Weald’s charity shops

THE Hospice in the Weald is calling on local people to get out their needles and balls of wool and take part in its Knit-a-Chick Campaign – or visit its shops to buy them.

In the run-up to Easter, the charity is providing a pattern to follow – each chick is designed to hold a chocolate egg inside.

They are currently on sale at the hospice reception and in its 27 charity shops for £2 each, including the egg.

The hospice is encouraging knitters to come up with creations in any colour, ‘the quirkier, the better’.

Entries must be received by March 15. The chicks can be dropped off at the hospice itself or posted to the Knit-a-Chick -Campaign, Hospice in the Weald, Maidstone Road, Pembury TN2 4TA.

Michelle Jueno, Relationship Fundraising Assistant at the hospice, said: “We have had more than 1,000 chicks knitted so far by members of the public, knitting groups, members of staff, volunteers and patients in our Hospice Day Service and Hospice in the Home. It’s taken off in a really big way.

“We’re also starting to receive some funkier chicks who have been made in different colours and have crazy hairstyles or googly eyes, so -everyone has really got behind the fun aspect of the campaign.”

She added: “People can either purchase individually, or if someone would like a supply to sell on a stall or market on our behalf that would be great, too.”

For more information, call Michelle on 01892 820491 or email: michelle.jueno@hospiceintheweald.org.uk

To download a pattern, visit www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk/ fundraise/event/knit-a-chick