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Big Knitters hit target

Published on 28 July 2019 07:26 PM

Age UK Horsham District supporters have been knitting and purling like never before over the past few months and thanks to the wonderful knitters of Horsham District, Age UK is just a few stitches away from hitting the 1.6m hat target for this year’s Big Knit.

After the end of July, the miniature hats will then make their way to stores across the country and be paired with innocent smoothie bottles. For each be-hatted drink sold, Age UK receives 25p, and that money helps the Charity support older people who are facing later life alone. Bottles of innocent smoothies will go on sale in October 2019

Julie Branson, Business Development and Fundraising Manager for Age UK Horsham District said: “We’re so pleased with how much support this year’s Big Knit has received. The knitters of Horsham District have really taken on the challenge– we’ve already received over 12,000 little hats which is brilliant!

“We were thrilled to meet some of our lovely knitters in early July when we hosted a ‘thank you’ coffee morning for them. There was plenty of tea, coffee and cake, and of course once the knitters got nattering they were sharing ideas and stories - we even had a demonstration on making small pom poms using a fork!”

The money raised will make a big difference to the lives of older people by helping to fund Age UK Horsham District’s services. These services, which include the Information and Advice and Visiting Service, provide that little bit of extra support that local older people need to get their finances straight or tackle loneliness.

Sim Viney, innocent drinks, said: “We have had such great support for the Big Knit ever since it began back in 2003, and we are positive that people of Horsham District will help to hit this year’s target. Even if you’ve never knitted a stitch, creating a little hat is a great way to start. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who knits a hat and helps make the Big Knit a huge success.”