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Calling all knitters in West Sussex! Time to dig out those knitting needles for the Big Knit.

Published on 14 November 2018 12:38 PM

It’s the return of the Big Knit campaign and Age UK West Sussex is calling on you to join in and get knitting!

Now in its 15th year, the campaign is recruiting knitters across the UK to help create an impressive 1.6 million hats to adorn innocent smoothie bottles. For each be-hatted smoothie sold*, Age UK receives 25p, and that money helps the Charity support older people who are facing later life alone.

Gary Hardley, Head of Community Activities at Age UK West Sussex said: “We need the people of West Sussex to join us and help knit as many miniature hats as possible this winter 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 area. Whether you are a knitting ninja, purling pro, crochet connoisseur or just keen to have a go it’s time to get wild about wool and join the Big Knit.”

All money raised will make a big difference to the lives of older people by funding our hugely important services and classes. These include include hobbies, crafts, exercise and fitness classes which give local older people the chance to come along and make friends, learn new skills and most importantly have fun.”

Bara Amouyal, from innocent drinks, said: “The Big Knit has had such an incredible amount of support over the past 15 years and we are hugely grateful – we love seeing what miniature creations the nation can come up with! Through the Big Knit campaign, we want to do everything we can to make a difference to the lives of older people.”

To find out more visit: or contact your local centre in West Sussex. Our participating centres are at the following locations: Crawley, Littlehampton, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath.


Age UK West Sussex Haywards Heath Centre

2 Kleinwort Close, Haywards Heath RH16 4XG

01444 450248



Age UK West Sussex Crawley Centre

1 Town Barn Rd, Crawley RH11 7XG

01293 544144


Age UK West Sussex Burgess Hill Centre

Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QB

01444 236497


Age UK West Sussex Littlehampton

2 Anchor Springs, Littlehampton BN17 6BP

01903 731800


For more information contact Josh Symmonds at Age UK West Sussex on 01293 771231 or

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Information for editors:

For more information about Age UK West Sussex as an organisation please call the charity’s head office in Littlehampton on 01903 731800; by emailing or via the website

The history of our organisation

Age Concern West Sussex was founded in 1957 by West Sussex County Council with staff seconded by the Council to manage its affairs. In 1972, the organisation changed its name from West Sussex Association of Elderly People to Age Concern West Sussex, and in 1980 the organisation first employed staff independently of the Council. In April 2010 we changed our name to Age UK West Sussex (AWS).


Over its long history, AWS has moved from a focus on ‘welfare’ to developing a role in the policy and planning of services for older people across the county. Our core staff has grown from several part-time volunteers to a large team of paid and volunteer staff.


AWS is an independent charity and a member of the Age England Association. We are a Brand partner with Age UK. AWS is financially supported by West Sussex County Council, NHS West Sussex, Arun, Crawley and Mid Sussex District Councils. Other funding is made up of project grants, donations and legacies and commission from the sale of our insurance products. We are developing cost effective paid for services too.


AWS is managed by a Board of Trustees; members are elected for three year terms. The Board meets every 2 months. Trustees delegate the day-to-day management of the organisation to the Chief Executive.


Our organisation today

Age UK West Sussex provides services and support to anyone in later life throughout West Sussex. In addition to the county-wide Information and Advice service there are clubs and centres offering activities for fun, friendship, food and health in Crawley, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton, Bognor and Adur areas. There are also Home from Hospital, Relative Support, Take Home and Settle and Help at Home services available.