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Calling all knitters! We need your help

Published on 01 April 2019 03:11 PM

Age UK CEO Janet Dabbs and Laura Shipley of Wool Bath with little hats Do you love to knit? Perhaps you’d like to learn? We have teamed up with Bath-based knitting emporium Wool to offer free mini bobble hat workshops.

Each winter we send thousands of little hats to drinks manufacturer innocent and they put those little hats on their smoothie bottles. For each hat, innocent donates 25p to us, enabling us to continue our vital work. This year we have pledged to send 6,000 hats, which is worth a whopping £1,500 and we need your help!

Laura Shipley, owner/director of Wool on Old Orchard Street, is running regular bobble hat workshops to help us reach the target. “We’re running sessions on the first and third Saturday of the month, 11am-12pm from now until the end of June and everyone is welcome,” she says. “If you can’t knit, don’t worry, I’ll teach you – everyone will get the attention they deserve.”

The shop will not only generously provide needles and yarn if needed, but they will even lay on tea and cake. 

There are lots of different hat patterns to whet a knitter’s woolly appetite. From basic pom-pom hats, to dinosaurs and unicorns. You can find the patterns at

Janet Dabbs, Age UK B&NES CEO says: “It’s great that Laura has offered this wonderful opportunity not only to help people learn to knit, but also to raise money for older people in our community. Especially with an activity that brings people together which is central to our work in tackling loneliness in later life.”
Completed hats can be posted to 18 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AE or delivered in person Monday-Friday 9.30am-3.30pm.

Wool is at 19 Old Orchard Street Bath BA1 1JU (round the back of M&S).