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Bangor woman Rosemary Anderson has been knitting at double speed to help make Age NI’s Big Knit campaign the biggest ever.

Rosemary, pictured with Age NI Events and Community Fundraising Officer Rosalind Cole, is one of many crafty knitters across Northern Ireland who are being challenged to knit a whopping 94,500 little woolly hats. The colourful creations will adorn innocent smoothie bottles. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will donate 25p to help Age NI to provide companionship, care and support to older people during the winter months. 

Rosemary is helping to make Age NI Big Knit the biggest ever

Rosemary said, ‘I started knitting for the Big Knit last year, and since then I’ve knitted 500 hats in all sorts of creations including animals and the traditional little bobble hats. I really enjoy knitting and love being involved in such a worthwhile cause that supports so many older people.’

Rosalind commented, ‘Age NI is overwhelmed by the response to this year’s appeal. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Rosemary and all of our knitters for taking up the challenge to help make the Age NI Big Knit the biggest ever. Over the last 6 years, 292,000 tiny hats have been knitted raising an amazing £73,000 for Age NI. There’s still time for budding knitters in Northern Ireland to take part in this year’s challenge and help us to raise even more vital funds to support people in later life. The knitting time is longer and the deadline to send knitted hats has been split into two phases – the first deadline was Friday 20 January 2017 and the next deadline is Friday 30 June 2017. We greatly appreciate the time and commitment that each and every knitter puts into making their tiny creations and for their continued efforts in helping us to reach our largest target of knitted hats to date.’

To take part, contact The Big Knit on 028 9024 5729 or email For more information or to download patterns, visit Knitted hats can be submitted by post to: The Big Knit 2016/17, 3 Lower Crescent, Belfast, BT7 1NR or simply drop them off in person. 

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575

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