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Did you know two fifths of older people say the TV is their only friend? Loneliness can be a big problem in later life. As many as 200,000 older people say they haven’t spoken to friends or family for over a month.

The Big Knit raises money for Age UK Solihull so that we can help older people keep warm and well during the Winter months as well as decreasing loneliness amongst those that get together to create these lovely little hats. Get together with your friends and family to make these little creations.

Each hat that you send to us raises 25p. Innocent smoothies then top their smoothie bottles with your little hats to be sold in the shops.

In 2018/19, we had a staggering 11,984 hats donated from individuals and knitting groups which wildly exceeded our target of 9,327 and raised £2,996! The money raised for Age UK Solihull, stays in the borough to help local older people.

If you’ve ever bought a smoothie or knitted a hat, thank you for being part of the Big Knit.

The Big Knit 2020

We've been advised by Age UK (national) that Innocent have agreed to go ahead with The Big Knit again in 2020, so please feel free to get knitting now!

More details to follow soon.

Hat target

Our target for 2018/19 was 9,327 hats, and thanks to your support we have exceeded this target! We will soon find out our target for 2020 so keep your eyes peeled.


Timeframes for this year's campaign will be available soon, but feel free to start knitting and sending hats in to us now.

When will Innocent Smoothies topped with Big Knit hats be available in the shops?

The last lot went out in the shops in late 2019. We expect the timeframe to be similar for 2020, but this may be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Want to know more?

Contact our Fundraising Team on 0121 704 7842 or email

If your query relates to Winter Warmth contact 0121 704 8080.

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