Help us 'Warm up Britain' this Bobble Day
Britain needs warming up and we’re calling on you to help us.
Put Friday 8 February 2013 in your diary now and be part of the thousands across the UK to get involved in Bobble Day and help make winter a better season for older people.
Taking part is so simple and so much fun. All need you need to do is wear something warm!
From digging out your woolly jumpers and wearing them to work, to tea mornings or winter walks – whatever you do will make a difference for older people.
Of course the wackier and woollier it is, the more money you are likely to raise. Thousands of people took part last year and many of them even got their stories in the local paper.
How your fundraising can help warm up Britain
- £5 pays for a warming visit from a befriender to an isolated older person
- £12 pays for a home visit to check energy efficiency and insulation
- £20 pays for a warming emergency food pack
- £100 provides ten older people with a vital winter pack of clothing, food, information and thermometers to keep them warm and well.
Ideas to get you started
Fancy taking part, but struggling for inspiration? Why not try one of these...
Work that woolly
Have you got a novelty knit at the back of your wardrobe? Or a favourite fluffy jumper you can’t bear to part with? Maybe those sparkly legwarmers deserve an outing, or that Sherpa hat you bought on your travels? Everyone and anyone can Wear it Woolly on Bobble Day for a suggested donation of £2 - and stay snug while helping someone older stay warm.
Get Bobble Day off to a great start with a Warming Morning. Whether you serve up speciality teas, frothy coffee or hot chocolate with whipped cream, you can ensure your friends and families begin the day with a warm feeling inside. Why stop there? Give your guests home-baked cookies to dunk or serve up bacon butties for breakfast.
Top tipples and tasty treats
Give your guests a glow when you invite them round for an evening of mulled wine or hot toddies. Or get competitive and challenge your friends to a dinner party contest. Will your spicy signature dish trump their family favourite? Can your friend’s canapés triumph over your neighbour’s nibbles? Be warned – things could get heated! And avoid any extra upsets by sticking to food safety rules (see www.food.gov.uk).
Bobble Day Cake Ideas
Rob Jones chats to the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2011, Jo Wheatley, about ideas for cake making for this year’s Bobble Day.
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Do Bobble Day your own way
There are a whole host of different ways you can help us warm up Britain. So let your imagination run free. We will be posting some more ideas shortly as a well as a whole host of materials ranging from assembly plans for schools to Bobble Day bingo cards and bunting.
Join Ben helping to warm up Britain
Here's just one example of someone who brought warmth to their office:
‘The office really got into wearing kooky jumpers to raise money for charity and I was delighted to write a cheque to Age UK for £800 raised from colleagues and my company. Great to make a difference for older people during winter.’ Ben, Dorset