Velindre Hospital Appeal

Posted: 31st May 2013

Giving to Those Who Need it More
Pupils from Westbourne Junior and Senior School have raised £320 as part of Velindre Hospital’s Easter Chick Appeal. The chicks were knitted by a member of staff’s mum and a group of her friends. Each chick took approximately an hour to make! The staff and pupils of the school readily brought the chicks, which were filled with a chocolate egg, and they were sold two weeks prior to Easter.
Velindre Cancer Centre provides specialist cancer services to over 1.5 million people in South East Wales and beyond. It is one of the largest cancer centres in the UK. Each year over 5,000 new referrals and around 50,000 new outpatient appointments are seen. The knitted chicks were a fundraising idea thought up by lady called Julie, who was recovering from cancer. In the first year alone in 1997, 250,000 chicks were knitted, filled with chocolate easter eggs and sold- raising a quarter of a million pounds for the hospital. The appeal has continued, with the chick being sold to concide with Easter and now the total is raising close to 2 million.
The school has presented a cheque to two members of the fundraising committee which they gratefully accepted on behalf of Velindre Hospital.
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