Two kindly giraffes are looking for a new home with children who will love them, just in time for Christmas.

The hand-carved rocking giraffes are the handiwork of Lochs-based woodworker Richard Swift and will soon be completed with Harris Tweed saddles, manes and tails, ready to set off to their new homes.

Richard’s put the beautiful toys up as raffle prizes, with tickets going on sale from tomorrow (Thursday December 13th). The raffle’s part of his fundraising venture, the Wallace and Gromit Foundation, and will be raising funds for terminally-ill children through the charity Elizabeth’s Footprint.

Richard said: “I wanted to help as a good friend of mine recently lost her daughter, at the age of just five, to a serious childhood illness and I felt so upset about it that I tried to think of what I could do.

“I’m spending the next few days selling tickets at various locations and want to be able to make some children happy, while raising funds for other children who really need help and support.”

First prize in the raffle is the large rocking giraffe, with the baby giraffe going to the second prize winner. Hebrides Alpha has kindly donated a Harris Tweed clock as a third prize and a mystery prize from the Home Improvement Centre will go to the fourth ticket-holder drawn.

Tickets are on sale tomorrow (Thursday) from 9am to 5pm in the Western Isles Hospital foyer and on Friday (December 14th) at Argos on Cromwell Street from 9am until late. Next week, Tesco’s will be the location for tickets on Tuesday (December 18th) from 9am onwards.

The draw will be made on Christmas Eve and in the meantime hopeful ticket-buyers can admire the two handsome rocking giraffes in the window of Mòr Creative, next to the Red Cross Shop on Bayhead.

Harris Tweed details are still being completed, to make a perfect quality gift in time for Christmas.