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Woolly warriors needed in Manchester for the Big Knit

Published on 17 March 2021 10:21 AM

The innocent Big Knit campaign has returned and Age UK Manchester is calling on the knitters and crocheters of Manchester to get their knitting needles out to help raise urgent funds for older people most in need.

This is the 18th year that innocent has been running the Big Knit in partnership with Age UK and woolly warriors are needed again this year to craft some little hats to sit on innocent smoothie bottles. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, Age UK receives 25p, which will help the Charity make a big difference to the lives of older people.

With many of us spending lots of time at home at the moment it’s a great opportunity for stitching superstars to get crafting, or for knitting newbies to grab some needles and give it a whirl. The pandemic has had a huge impact on older people over the past year so Age UK is in need of these little hats more than ever to help raise funds for its vital services.

Sally Dervan, Chief Executive of Age UK Manchester said: “We need the people of Manchester to join us and help knit as many miniature hats as possible. It’s been a challenging time for everyone, but this is a really fun campaign to get involved in and it’s a great activity to do whilst we’re all spending more time at home.

“The money raised from these little hats will make a big difference to the lives of older people in our area, many of whom have been badly affected by the pandemic. Every hat knitted will help to fund our hugely important services, including our continued Covid Emergency Response Service, Advice, Counselling, Day Care, Home Care, Residential Care and the whole range of activities and opportunities we have on offer.”

Katie Simpson, Head of Brand at innocent drinks, said: "We’re delighted to be working with Age UK on the Big Knit once again. After a hard year, we want to make this campaign as big as possible so we can help more older people than ever. We’re incredibly grateful to all the heroic volunteers helping us get there”

For more information on The Big Knit, contact Age UK Manchester on 0161 437 0717. Please send completed hats to Age UK Manchester at Crossacres Care Centre, Peel Hall Road, Wythenshawe M22 5DG.

There are six exciting new hat designs for this year, including a rainbow, rabbit, cupcake, pom pom, fox and bird. These knitting and crochet patterns are available to download below.