The Big Knit is back for 2016-17 and it's going to be the biggest one ever. This year we are aiming for 2 million hats
and we can’t do this without you. And for every behatted smoothie that gets sold, Age UK will receive 25p to help older people during the cold winter months.
How you can get involved
Whether you’re new to casting on or already know your garter from your stocking stitch, it's easy to get started. You’ll also be part of the huge knitting team helping us to reach such a monumental target for a great cause.
1. Be prepared.
Get yourself some needles, wool and your favourite chair (train carriages and cafes also work well) and get knitting!
2. Send us your hats
Package up your lovely hats and get them to us by Monday 3rd July to help us reach our target: 4,000 hats!!
We hope having this second July deadline (after the January deadline passed) will help us to reach even more knitters, warm the tops of even more innocent smoothies, and by extension warm the hearts and homes of the local elderly population.
Please send your hats to us (or drop them off!) at:
Age UK Brighton & Hove,
29-31 Prestonville Road
3. Sharing is caring
Show everyone how great your hats are by posting pictures of them online using #BigKnit - and do tweet us about them @ageukbh
If you’re keen to knit but like to do it socially, Age UK hosts a knitting group every fortnight on Tuesdays from 2-4pm. Feel free to pop by, or to get in touch for more information by calling 01273 720603.
What happens next?
Look out for the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in October 2017.
How the Big Knit helps older people
Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes because of the cold. With over a decade of support from knitters up and down the country, The Big Knit 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.
The Big Knit is a great way to bring people and communities together. Knitting groups have been held up and down the country for people to get involved, share patterns and have a cup of tea or two!
‘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
If you have any questions or want to find out more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org