Over the past 11 years, Age UK and innocent's Big Knit has seen nearly 5 million little hats being knitted by Age UK's exceptionally creative supporters. This year's favourites included a unicorn, a post box and even a whole nativity scene!
The Big Knit is a great way to have fun, knit and support Age UK's work to help people stay warm and well in winter. For each be-hatted innocent bottle sold, 25p is donated to Age UK to support local and national winter projects. The partnership has so far raised £1.75 million.
Age UK also secured funding from SSE, E.ON, ENGIE (previously known as GDF SUEZ) and Islamic Relief to support our winter warmth programmes. This has enabled Age UK and our local partners to reach 470,927 older people - from offering information and advice about staying warm and well in winter, to installing free energy efficiency items, like draught excluders and radiator foils, in older people's homes.
Each winter one older person dies every seven minutes because of the cold.
Energy checks by local Age UKs have saved older people £139,774 in energy bills.