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Calling All Knitters

Published on 12 October 2018 01:47 PM

It is the return of the Big Knit campaign and Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest is calling on North Worcestershire to join in and get knitting!

Whether a knitting ninja, purling pro, crochet connoisseur or just keen to have a go it’s time to get wild about wool and join the Big Knit. Now in its 15th year, the campaign is recruiting knitters to help create an impressive 1.6 million hats to adorn innocent smoothie bottles. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, Age UK receives 25p, and that money helps the Charity support older people who are facing later life alone.

Sam Humphray, Interim Chief Officer of Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest said: ““We need the people of Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest to join us and help knit as many miniature hats as possible this winter to help us hit our 500 target. It’s such a fun campaign to get behind and it does so much to help older people in our area. The money raised will make a big difference to the lives of older people by funding our hugely important services and classes. These services, which include Information & Advice as well as Friendship Groups, Gentle Exercise, Computing, Tai Chi, Bromsgrove Men In Shed plus much, much more, give local older people the chance to come along and make friends, learn new skills and most importantly have fun.”

Last year alone, more than one million hats were lovingly created, with designs including the hugely popular unicorn, grizzly bear, fluffy sheep and desert island.

Bara Amouyal, innocent drinks, said: “The Big Knit has had such an incredible amount of support over the past 15 years and we are hugely grateful – we love seeing what miniature creations the nation can come up with! Through the Big Knit campaign, we want to do everything we can to make a difference to the lives of older people.”
 
For more information on The Big Knit contact Jo Hughes at Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch & Wyre Forest on 01527 868855 or visit our website . Please send completed hats to Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch & at 51 Windsor Street, Bromsgrove, B60 2BJ or drop them in to your local Age UK BRWF shop.

This year’s hat knitting pattern is available to download, to find out more visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/bigknit.