Fundraiser Pip Rowntree's creations for good eggs

With Easter not far away, a keen yachtswoman has swapped sails for knitting needles in aid of the RNLI.

Pip Rowntree, of Bridge

Close in Burniston, has raised more than £100 for Scarborough RNLI by making

and selling orange woollen Easter chickens.

She wraps them around a

chocolate cream egg, places a little ribbon around their necks and sells

them for £2 at the yacht club. The proceeds go to the RNLI.

Pip, an occupational therapist based

at Scarborough Hospital, was inspired to raise money for the lifeboat

after a friend was rescued by the RNLI.

Roger Buxton nearly died when he was washed overboard in heavy seas while sailing his yacht Shameless from Whitby to Scarborough in May 2011. Roger was rescued by the lifeboat and taken to hospital by helicopter.

The close shave prompted Pip to

organise a games night with a promises auction and a raffle which raised

over £1,000, in July 2011.

Her next fundraising endeavour for the RNLI

will be a sunflower competition in the summer.

(Picture: Pip Rowntree knitting her Easter chicks. Credit RNLI/Dave Barry)