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Calling all Big Knitters

Knitted hats on top of innocent smoothie bottles

Published on 15 March 2021 12:19 PM

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is upping its knitting game with a new selection of exciting miniature hat designs for the Big Knit campaign.

The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and innocent drinks to help vulnerable older people keep warm during the winter. The little hats that are knitted are placed on top of smoothie bottles and for every smoothie sold, the local charity receives 25p.

You can download the new patterns here:

Long-time supporter of the Big Knit, Gemmipop Designs is taking part again this year and despite the lockdown, Gemma and her community of knitters have knitted over 1000 hats so far! It’s an incredible achievement and we hope you’ll join in with her knitting efforts.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin said: ‘We can’t wait to see the creative hats made by the knitters of Shropshire. Every year we love seeing all the different designs come in, from stripy bobble hats to grizzly bears. We need everyone to join us and knit as many miniature hats as possible by 31 July 2021 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 county.’

The pandemic has had a huge impact on how we deliver vital services and the way we have supported older people during lockdown. The money raised from The Big Knit will make a difference to the lives of local older people, as our staff and volunteers continue to provide support and look to restart those services that have been put on hold during the past year.

If you would like to get involved in the Big Knit, leave a message for Angela Goodman at Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin on 01743 233 123 or email

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