Meet James Hen-son and Rory Cluck-Ardle – the creations of a charity which has turned Bradford City into Bradford Knitty.
Each year, the Carers’ Resource teams in Shipley and Skipton team up with Cadbury’s to knit Easter chick covers for the chocolate giant’s Creme Eggs – and raise money in an eye-catching fashion.
But this year’s collection features a limited edition in claret and amber to commemorate Bradford City’s trip to Wembley Stadium for the Capital One Cup final against Swansea City on Sunday.
The project hatched the idea of turning Bantams’ stars such as James Hanson into James Hen-son and Rory McArdle into Rory Cluck-Ardle, after the side dumped Premiership opponents Aston Villa out of the cup.
The fundraising drive will allow the charity, which is based in Shipley, Skipton, Harrogate and Ripon, to extend its work offering help and advice to the county’s 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 fundraising co-ordinator 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 hometown club of our Shipley staff – caught our imagination.”