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Big Knit

knitted hats on smoothies

Published on 25 October 2018 12:00 PM

Calling all knitters

Time to dig out those knitting needles for the Big Knit

 It’s the return of the Big Knit campaign and Age UK Derby and Derbyshire is calling on Derby and Derbyshire 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.

Katy Pugh, Chief Executive of Age UK Derby and Derbyshire said: ““We need the people of Derby and Derbyshire to join us and help knit as many miniature hats as possible this winter to help us hit our target. It’s such a fun campaign to get behind and it does so much to help older people in our area. knitted hats

“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 and advice 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.”

More information

For more information on The Big Knit call on 01773 766922 or email

Please send/deliver completed hats to Age UK Derby and Derbyshire at 29a Market place, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE75 7EG or 15 the Morledge, Derby, DE1 2AW (opposite the Courts). Thank you

Any hats knitted need to arrive in Heanor by the end of June. All hats knitted will be on sale on Innocent Smoothie bottles in October 2019.

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