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SIDMOUTH: Chicks fly off the shelves for Rotary fundraiser
Tuesday, 06 May 2014
Rotary members Di and Peter Frith – who had the initial idea to knit the Easter chicks – helped to raise almost £2,000 for Children’s Hospice South West
Knitters in Sidmouth have turned a bundle of wool into almost £2,000 to help fund new equipment for a local charity. Members of Sid Valley Rotary Club spent last month knitting special Easter chicks and managed to sell more than a thousand across East Devon – more than doubling their fundraising target. The Easter treats, which contained a Cadbury’s Cream Egg, took off straight away and proved popular with shoppers who snapped them up at various local outlets. And having initially aimed to raise £750, Rotary members were delighted to bring in a total of £1,933 – enough to fund the purchase of new hoist equipment for the Hospice. Judith Stephens, Sid Valley Rotary Club President, said: “This was something very different from the usual charity fundraising efforts we do, but the whole project took off in a startling way - the generosity of members of the public was wonderful and the chicks simply flew! “Sid Valley Rotary members are enormously grateful to everyone concerned, including those who knitted and provided chocolate eggs, as well as those who purchased more than a thousand chicks. What a wonderful effort!” The fundraising effort was brought to a close at Sidmouth Garden Centre on Easter Saturday, where the final five pairs of chicks were auctioned off by Rotary Club member Mike Lavers. And with such a significant amount of money raised, the club decided to replace the Hospice’s hoisting equipment with up-to-date facilities. A spokesperson for Children’s Hospice South West said: “With thanks to the wonderful donation from Sid Valley Rotary Club, we have now been able to replace all eight hoists in our children’s bedrooms. “The new hoists bring handling facilities up to modern standards. As a result, we also anticipate fewer down time hours for repair and renewal. “The new hoists work on a tracking attached to the ceiling. This helps the care team to move a child from their bed into a wheel chair, shower or bath trolley, comfy armchair or onto the floor, preventing bumped noses or heads for children. “This type of equipment makes a phenomenal difference to the children’s care, allowing us to provide the safest of comforts.”
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