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These little hats change lives! The Big Knit is back!

Would you like to knit tiny hats and help raise money for Age UK Richmond? Now seems like the perfect time to join in! You’ll be part of a huge team of knitters helping us raise funds so we can continue helping and supporting older people in the borough.

What is The Big Knit?

It’s a joint campaign between the national charity Age UK and Innocent Drinks to raise funds and valuable awareness of the struggles vulnerable older people go through over the difficult winter months. Innocent Drinks gives Age UK Richmond 25p for every mini hat knitted; the woolly masterpieces will go on the innocent bottles in 2022.

How can you help Age UK Richmond?

Spend some of your time helping us. We are aiming to collect 3,000 hats by September 2021. Get yourself some needles, wool and your favourite chair.

There are many patterns to choose from (see links below) or you can make your own. Tell us how many hats you or your knitting group are planning to make and get knitting!

If you need wool, we have some spare wool available which was donated to us previously, please email

Where to send your creations?

We are welcoming your hats now. Please drop your hats to one of our Social Centres (Twickenham Wellbeing Centre, Whitton Social Centre or Barnes Green Centre) or post to our Twickenham Wellbeing Centre, Arragon Road, Twickenham, TW1 3NH.

If you are unable to drop them, we can collect them for you. Please email

No time to knit? You can still help us!

Spread the word about our knitting campaign, use #thebigknit2021 on social media.
If knitting is simply not for you, you can always donate directly on our JustGiving page here.

Do you need extra information?

If you need to contact us about patterns, donations or completed hats, please call us on 020 8744 1965 or email

Thank you for your support!

Need extra patterns?

Visit Age UK National's website here for extra patterns.