Charity Makes The Most Of Bradford City's Cup Bid
It's more a case of Bradford Knitty than Bradford City as a Yorkshire charity marks the team's cracking Cup run in a novel way.
Each year, The Carers' Resource teams up with Cadbury's to knit Easter chick covers for the chocolate giant's famous crème eggs - and raise money in an eye-catching manner.
This year's collection features a limited edition captured in claret and amber to commemorate the Bantams' trip to Wembley for the Capital One Cup Final against Swansea on Sunday February 24.
It hatched the idea of turning players such as James Hanson into James Hen-son, and Rory McArdle into Rory Cluck-Ardle, after the side dumped Premiership outfit Aston Villa out of the cup after a historic semi-final victory.
The fund-raising drive will enable the charity - based in Shipley, Harrogate, Ripon and Skipton - to extend its work offering help and advice to the county's growing number of unpaid carers.
"Thanks to our volunteers, we have knitted more than 1,500 covers this year in all sorts of styles and colours," said Anne Wells, Events and Fund-Raising Coordinator for the charity. "They will be sold by our supporters at various outlets across Yorkshire to raise much-needed funds.
"We like to have a particular theme each year and the success of Bradford - with its historic links to the wool trade and the home town club of our Shipley staff - caught our imagination."
Although the charity has knitted just a small squad of City-inspired chick covers, it hopes they will raise awareness of the wider project and help the players bring home the trophy - without the need for 'egg-stra' time.
The Carers' Resource is The Yorkshire Times' charity of the year.
Charity Makes The Most Of Bradford City's Cup Bid, 20th February 2013, 14:51 PM