COME ON YOU BIG KNIT! Get those needles clacking for Age UK!

Grab Granny’s knitting bag and start rummaging for wool as Age UK need you to help create 1.6 million hats to adorn the tops of Innocent Smoothie bottles and raise money to help older people living with loneliness within your community- for each be-hatted smoothie sold, Age UK receives 25p! 

That money helps the Charity support older people who are facing later life alone so whether a knitting ninja, purling pro, crochet connoisseur or just keen to have a go it’s time to get wild about wool and join the Big Knit.

Tony Donovan, Executive Director of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland said: “We need local people to join us and help knit as many miniature hats as possible to help us hit our huge 80,000 local target by July 2019. It’s such a fun campaign to get behind and it does so much to help older people in our area. The money raised will make a big difference to the lives of older people by funding our hugely important services and classes.”

“These services, which include Day Care, dementia support, Men in Sheds and befriending amongst so many others, give local older people the chance to come along and make friends, learn new skills and most importantly have fun.”

Last year alone, more than one million hats were lovingly created nationally, with designs including the hugely popular unicorn, grizzly bear, fluffy sheep and desert island.

This year’s hat knitting patterns are available to download – to find out more visit: or pop into any Age UK shop to request a leaflet

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