Crochet bunnies for hospital kids at charity event

Some of the hand-crochet bunnies made by Aine Clarke and her friends.
Some of the hand-crochet bunnies made by Aine Clarke and her friends.
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A Derry mum is appealing for help in her charity drive to hand-crochet special Easter bunnies for kids in the children’s ward of Altnagelvin Hospital.

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday), Aine Clarke will host the third in a series of charity events at the Thatched Cottage in the Craft Village (2 p.m.-6 p.m.)

She wants people with crochet skills - including crochet groups - to come along to the event and do their bit for her worthy cause.

She explained: “We need lots of bunnies so we’re hoping that anyone with a few hours to spare can come along to the Thatched Cottage with their hooks ready to help out.

“It’s also a great opportunity for a bit of fun, a chat and a cup of tea - safe in the knowledge that you’re going to make a little person smile at Easter.

“I will provide the yarn and patterns - and there’s no need to panic about reading a pattern as there will plenty of help on hand.”

Aine, who runs a knitwear business in the city, says she came up with the idea of crochet bunnies for kids after coming across the ‘Kinshipcare’ charity which helps children who have lost both parents.

“I thought it would be nice to do something for these kids and, as it’s coming up to Easter, I decided, with the help of local ladies, to make hand crochet bunnies for them. I also thought it would be a good idea to make the bunnies, too, for the kids in hospital, many of whom won’t be eating chocolate.”