Help make the biggest ever Big Knit for Age UK

Big KnitAge UK Waltham Forest is calling on nimble-fingered knitters in Waltham Forest to get their needles clicking at double the speed to make Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit the biggest event yet.

Now in its 13th year, budding knitters are being challenged to reach a whopping target of two million miniature woolly hats. The colourful creations will adorn innocent smoothie bottles, and for each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will donate 25p to help Age UK fund national and local projects that keep older people warm and well in winter.

Emma Tozer Chief Officer of Age UK Waltham Forest said: "We are calling on local knitters to get as many hats as possible to us by 31st July 2017. As the smoothie bottles don’t go on sale until October 2017 there’s even more time for knitters to keep sending hats in throughout the summer to help Age UK reach the bumper target."

Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes because of the cold . Every hat donated to Age UK Waltham Forest will help fund local services.

Last year alone, more than 800,000 hats were lovingly created, with designs including the Wombles and Mr Men, cupcakes, colouring pencils, lots of animals and not forgetting the traditional bobble hat.

Sim Viney, innocent drinks, said: "We have had such great support for the Big Knit over the years, we are positive knitters across the country will take the challenge to make this year’s event the biggest ever. Even if you’ve never knitted a stich, creating a little hat is a great way to start and won’t take long. We’re massively grateful to everyone who joins in and helps make this year’s campaign a huge success."

For more information on The Big Knit contact Age UK Waltham Forest on 020 8558 5512 or email Please send completed hats to Age UK Waltham Forest at Waltham Forest Resource Hub North, 58 Hall Lane, Chingford E4 8EU

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