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Little hats, big difference

These little hats change lives

We would like to thank our volunteer knitter Linda Newton for knitting 2,000 Innocent Smoothie hats for us during lockdown!

This is a great fun way to help us fundraise as Innocent Smoothie donates 25p to us for every smoothie hat knitted!

For every behatted smoothie that gets sold, Age UK will receive 25p to help older people and reduce loneliness.

Calling all Knitters, the Big Knit is back

How you can get involved

Whether you’re new to casting on or already know your garter from your stocking stitch, it's easy to get started. You’ll also be part of the huge knitting team helping us to reach such a monumental target for a great cause.


A wide range of knitting patterns to suit all abilities and styles can be found here. Alternatively, you can come up with your own unique and wonderful creations.

New to knitting and need a hand? Here’s a link to a knitting tutorial to help get you started.

Send us your hats

Package up your lovely hats, with your name and address and send them to us at:

Age UK Sunderland
Bradbury Centre
Stockton Road

Alternatively, you can pop them into one of our Centres at: 

The Essence Service
Sir Thomas Allen Centre
Mill Hill Road

Or if you need help to get them to us, we can arrange for collection. If you have any questions or want to find out more information please contact:

Jamie Spence
Service Development Manager
Age UK Sunderland
Bradbury Centre
Stockton Road

Phone: 0191 514 1131


For every little hat you send to AGE UK Sunderland, you will be helping us alleviate loneliness among older people in Sunderland. We are collecting hats all year round.

Knitted Hats

Thank you

  • A huge thank you to our star knitter Lilian who has knitted us a massive 1,000 hats for the Big Knit campaign.

  • We want to say a massive thank you to Allison who has knitted us a whopping 2,000 hats for the Big Knit campaign.

Big Knit Knitting Patterns

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