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Join us to knit little hats for innocent smoothie bottles and help raise money to support older people in Solihull!

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

The Big Knit is a partnership with innocent drinks which started in 2003.

The Big Knit has returned and we are calling on knitters and crocheters of Solihull to pick up your needles and knit little hats to help raise urgent funds for older people in need in our borough.

Hats knitted for Age UK Solihull help us make a big difference to the lives of older people in Solihull. Each hat that you send to us raises 25p, and the money raised can help us ensure older people are warm and well during the winter months, and help us decrease loneliness with our Linking People Together service. Your hats will then be put on top of Innocent smoothie bottles to be sold in the shops.

The Big Knit can also bring people together to knit and have a chat with one another.

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

The Big Knit 2021/22

The Big Knit has been extended into 2022 and you now have until 30 June 2022 to get your hats to us.

Hats will appear on smoothie bottles in shops in October/November 2022.

Illustration by Meghan Allbright

Hat target

Thanks to the support from our fabulous knitters, we exceeded not only our original target of 8,000 hats, but also our second target of 13,000 hats!

Our target has now been increased once more to 13,500 hats, meaning even more funds can be raised.

We receive 25p per hat so if we hit this target we will receive £3,375!

So, please feel free to carry on knitting and help us to get there by the deadline on 30 June 2022.

Getting your hats to us

You can post or drop* your hats to us at: Lower Ground Floor, The Core, Solihull Central Library, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG.

*If you go to the door at the bottom of the slope between the library and the entrance for cars to Touchwood Car Park and ring the bell for Age UK Solihull, someone will collect them from you.

Please leave your name and contact details so we can thank you at the end of the campaign!

Or email us at and we may be able to arrange to collect them from you.

Want to know more?

Contact our Fundraising Team on 0121 704 7842 (leave a message) or email

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