Beatrix Potter-themed post box toppers have been popping up at landmarks in London and the Lake District, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The project's " important finale" is now taking place in the village of Burnham Green, near Welwyn Garden City.

Clare Skeggs began creating the post box toppers - which have featured characters such as Peter Rabbit - to do something special for her mother's 80th birthday.

Affectionately described as "a Hertfordshire local lass", Clare's mother's birthday post box toppers have already raised £1,200 for charity.


A final post box topper has been installed in Burnham Green this week.

The creator of the crochet toppers, Clare, originates from Hitchin.

She states on her fundraising page: "In September my mum has her special 80th birthday and she loves the postbox toppers which are created in the UK by many knitters and crocheters.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The post box topper in Burnham Green.The post box topper in Burnham Green. (Image: Clare Skeggs)

"There is a Hertfordshire topper which is currently on display on a corporate company postbox in Hertfordshire before being installed in a village location which I think Beatrix Potter would have liked.

"My mum was born in 1943, the year Beatrix Potter sadly passed but my mum has been a lifelong admirer of her work and we always say we think she is part Beatrix Potter.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Clare's mother was born in the same year that Beatrix Potter died.Clare's mother was born in the same year that Beatrix Potter died. (Image: Clare Skeggs)

"She is a farmer's daughter, has backpacked all around the Lake District, has a passion for organic gardening, wildlife and animals and raised her three children on the wonderful tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends and this is something passed down to grandchildren.

"My mum will receive her own special set of characters who are going on their travels and creating their own photo book of memories.

"Her own Peter Rabbit & Friends story book of photos.

"They have been photographed at many landmark places in London and the Lake District including the home and gardens of Beatrix Potter's Hilltop home and at some of my mum’s favourite Lake District walking spots."

Click here to visit Clare's JustGiving Page.