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The Big Knit 2017

Published on 28 April 2017 10:37 AM

The Big Knit bottles

Knitters across Torbay have been busy knitting to support Age UK Torbay's Big Knit 2017 campaign. The piles of hats are growing daily, with over 1500 already knitted.

The Big Knit 2017 is well under way in Torbay, with knitters busy knitting to help make later life better for all.  Age UK Torbay has already received over 1500 knitted hats and are hoping to reach their target of 6,000 hats by the deadline of July 31st 2017. There is a national target of 2 million hats so it’s never been more important to get the knitting needles out!

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Knitters across Torbay and the UK are supporting The Big Knit 2017 by getting creative and knitting little woolly hats which will sit on innocent smoothie bottles in stores in October. For every behatted bottle sold, 25p will go straight to Age UK Torbay to help older people in the bay over the long winter months.

Carol Lemming, who co-ordinates the Big Knit at Age UK Torbay said: “We are fortunate to have a very loyal and committed group of knitters who have supported us for the 12 years the Big Knit has been running and we are always pleased to welcome new knitters who would like to join us.

Helen Harman, Chief Officer at Age UK Torbay said: “Winter can be a difficult time of year for many older people. The funds raised in Torbay by The Big Knit will go a long way towards supporting various local winter projects to help keep older people warm and well. We are calling on knitters in Torbay to be creative and get knitting to help us reach our target of 6,000 hats. Remember, every extra hat means more money to help the community in Torbay, so get knitting and help us hit our target.”

Knitters can contact Age UK Torbay to get a simple hat pattern and for those who don’t fancy making a hat themselves, wool and needles can be sent to 1 Manor Corner, Preston, Paignton TQ3 2HP to help others reach their target.

For more information on The Big Knit contact Age UK Torbay on 01803 226 766 or pop into their office at 1 Manor Corner, Preston, Paignton. In order for the hats knitted to raise funds locally, please send completed hats to Age UK Torbay, 1 Manor Corner, Preston, Paignton TQ3 2HP.

What happens next?

Look out for the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in October 2017. 

If you have any questions or want to find out more information, please contact us at [insert email address and/or phone number]

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How the Big Knit helps older people

Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes because of the cold. With over a decade of support from knitters up and down the country, The Big Knit has raised vital funds to support local and national winter projects to help older people keep warm and well in winter through befriending visits, emergency cold weather support, warm meals and other vital services.

The Big Knit is a great way to bring people and communities together. Knitting groups have been held up and down the country for people to get involved, share patterns and have a cup of tea or two!

‘The Big Knit campaign couldn't happen without the support of thousands of amazing people across the UK who take part and knit woolly hats to adorn innocent smoothies each year.’

Douglas Lamont, CEO at innocent