An appeal by Francis House Children's Hospice in Manchester, UK for knitted chicks has seen it receive a surprise flock of around 6,300. The request for Easter chicks to sell was made in national knitting magazines and online. Hundreds of knitters sent chicks from as far afield as the Orkney Islands, Cornwall and Spain. Chick knit co-ordinator, Amy Swatkins, said: the response exceeded our eggspectations. The chicks are sold with a small chocolate Easter Egg in charity stores and schools and raise around £6,000.