Helping Age UK
Even if you only have time to knit one or two hats, every single one will contribute towards helping the elderly. The Big Knit 2017 innocent drinks 342 Ladbroke Grove London W10 5BU
As many as 25,000 older people’s lives are at risk because of the cold. And innocent wanted to help. Back in 2003 they had an idea, asking people to knit little woolly hats. They put those hats on their smoothies, and for each one sold made a donation to Age UK.
innocent has put little hand-knitted hats onto smoothie bottles for over 13 years now, and in that time donated £1.9 million to Age UK. This year, they’re aiming for an enormous, record-breaking two million hats to raise more money than ever before.
KEEPING IT LOCAL
All the hats for the Big Knit are knitted by real people who volunteer their time and knitting skills to help make the campaign a success. Lots of the hats are knitted by older people in their local Age UK centres, who pledge to knit a certain number of hats, and in return the money raised from their hats is given back to that specific centre so that they can feel the direct benefit of their contribution. The campaign has raised vital funds to support local and national winter projects to help older people keep warm and well in winter through befriending visits, emergency cold weather support, warm meals and other vital services.
Many of the other volunteers knit lots of hats for innocent each year, and say that they really look forward to the Big Knit coming back around so that they can get crocheting for Age UK all over again.
The Big Knit is also a great way to bring people and communities together. Crochet and crafting groups are a great way to get people together to share patterns and have a cup of tea or two! Please put your hats in an envelope (or box!) along with a note clearly stating how many you’ve made, the date, and your name and address, and send them to the address below.
“The Big Knit campaign couldn’ t happen without the support of thousands of amazing people across the UK who take part and knit woolly hats to adorn innocent smoothies each year .” Douglas Lamont, CEO at innocent
Gemma Manning-Bentley of Gemmipop Designs in Oswestry visited Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin’s offices in Shrewsbury to deliver an early Christmas present of 3000 knitted hats!