Bradford City up for the (egg) cup as charity fund-raiser turns claret to amber

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It’s more a case of Bradford Knitty than Bradford City as a 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.


Up for the cup . . .(from left) Angela Lloyd-Roberts, Louise Flint and Lucy Tiffany, part of the Harrogate volunteering team at the Carers' Resource who knitted the chick covers
Up for the cup . . .(from left) Angela Lloyd-Roberts, Louise Flint and Lucy Tiffany, part of the volunteering team at the Carers’ Resource who knitted the chick covers


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 – which is also based in , Shipley and – extend its work offering help and advice to the county’s growing number of unpaid carers.

Anne Wells, Events and Fund-Raising Coordinator for the charity said:

Thanks to our volunteers, we have knitted more than 1,500 covers this year in all sorts of styles and colours,”  “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.

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