A MUM and daughter from Cullompton are embarking on a challenge to knit more than 300 chicks to raise money for Mid Devon charity Hospiscare in memory of a husband and father.

Carol Harrison and Jennie Ingersent raised £330 in 2013 after knitting and selling Easter chicks, baskets and people.

This year they have picked up their needles two months earlier to beat their record of 330 chicks.

Carol said: “My husband, Dave, had a brain tumour and died last October, and we support Hospiscare because he was so well looked after in the Exeter hospice and because of the aftercare we received.

“When we saw these little chicks we thought sell them independently and give the proceeds to Hospiscare.”

With help from family friend Krystel Shiach, Carol and Jennie started knitting in January, and have been selling the woollen cosies, complete with a Cadbury’s Creme Egg, in local shops.

Carol said: “Every time Dave went into the hospice they prepared us for the worst and every time he came out better than when he went in.

“He had tremendous support from Hospiscare.

Even after he died they rang me to say ‘are you OK?’ We know we can always ring Hospiscare to have a talk.

The cosies cost £1.50 from Mid Devon outlets including Uffculme Post Office and The Bakehouse in Cullompton and the Cullompton Selling page on Facebook.