A Wisbech woman has been working with Specsavers in Wisbech to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK by knitting and selling festive goodies.

Retired pet shop owner Lorna Hickling began knitting Easter chicks and Christmas decorations seven years ago. This year she has raised £900 so far, to add to a grand total of £6,000.

Giving something back

Lorna, whose mother taught her to knit when she was just four years old, says: 'My husband and I decided we wanted to do something to give back  and Cancer Research UK do amazing work and help so many people, we chose them as the charity we wanted to support.’

Around 1,300 knitted treats are made for each holiday and given to friends and families to sell at their place of work. Lorna also gives them to businesses and shops to sell on her behalf, including local opticians and audiologists Specsavers in Wisbech.

Absolutely adorable and hugely popular

Director of Specsavers in Wisbech, Mike Avery, says: ‘We are always looking for ways to support charities and good causes, so when Lorna approached us to help her sell her chicks and decorations, we thought it was a really novel idea and jumped at the chance. They are absolutely adorable and hugely popular with our customers.'

The decorations are also sold at other businesses around town for £1 - including daughter Julie’s business, Polly’s Alternations, Sarah’s Flowers and Sweet Retreats.

Lorna continues: ‘I simply couldn’t do it without the support I get from Specsavers and the other businesses in Wisbech. I’m so grateful for all the help they give me.’

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