CHRONICLE readers have been so generous donating medical supplies and baby clothes that a couple needs £3,000 to ship them to South Africa before their whole home is full.
Rick and Barbara Clutton, of Harthill, have collected £4 million worth of medical aid for hospitals around Cape Town, South Africa with the Birkenhead Lions since 1988.
This included 20,000 hearing aids sent to give deaf children their first taste of the hearing world.
With the help of knitters across the UK Barbara has also sent around 10,000 specialbaby suits that allow premature babies to be kept safe and warm tied around their mothers' fronts.
After a series of articles in the Chronicle which appealed for readers' unwanted incontinence pads, wheelchairs, walking sticks and knitted baby suits the Cluttons' house and outbuildings are fit to burst with donations - leaving them with a new appeal.
'I can't believe how wonderful people have been, we have had stuff sent from all over the place, and we are very grateful for it,' said Barbara.
She continued: 'What people forget is that it costs a lot to take these things over - I had to pay hundreds of pounds in excess luggage last time I flew over with a suitcase baby suits.
'So we want to raise £3,000 in sponsorship and donations to send everything in a container later this year.'
Barbara and Rick have many stories of the difference the Birkenhead Lions' donations have made to ordinary people living in impoverished townships in Cape Town.
Barbara said: 'The Mowbray maternity hospital only has 24 incubators that are over 20 years old, but of 700 babies born each month, 40% of babies born there are premature and under 2kg in weight because of the problems of AIDS and drug abuse in the shanty townships.'
'At the hospital I met a young couple who were only 16 and were both HIV, with a premature baby who will have been HIV too.
'Another woman had premature twins tied around her front, when I asked if I could take her photo she began to cry. I asked what was wrong - it turned out she had never had her photo taken before and she was happy and excited by it.'
Rick added: 'We sent a braille reader to a blind boy who was studying to be a solicitor. Now he is in a good job and his family have been given hope to look for work and a better life.'
To donate money, goods or for more information contact Rick and Barbara on 01829 782546. Baby suit patterns can be picked up from the Chronicle office in Commonhall St, Chester.
CONTACT US: Are you or a friend part of the army of Chronicle readers knitting kangaroo baby suits for Barbara and Rick's appeal? Send photos of yourselves and your knitting, with your name and contact details, to firstname.lastname@example.org or Rebecca Taylor, Chester Chronicle, Commonhall Street, Chester, CH1 2AA.