10th Jul, 2020

Knit your way to raise cash for Age UK and beat loneliness in Redditch

Ross Crawford 21st Oct, 2018

WHETHER a knitting ninja, purling pro, crochet connoisseur or just keen to have a go it’s time to get wild about wool says Age UK in Redditch and Bromsgrove.

The Big Knit is now in its 15th year and the aim is to recruit enough knitters to create 1.6 million hats to adorn Innocent Smoothie bottles.

For each be-hatted smoothie sold, Age UK receives 25p, the money going to help the charity support older people who are facing later life alone.

“We need people to join us and help knit as many miniature hats as possible this winter to help us hit our 500 target.

“It’s such a fun campaign and it does so much to help older people in our area.

“The money raised will make a big difference to the lives of older people by funding our hugely important services and classes. These services, which include information and advice as well as friendship groups, gentle exercise, computing, Tai Chi and much more,” said Sam Humphray from Age UK Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest.

And if you can’t knit…..”why not visit an elderly person and get them to teach you?” said Jo Hughes of Age UK.

“Not only will you be learning a new skill but you will be helping to combat loneliness in the home.

“Older people have so much skill and experience which can make a difference to our entire community.

“I would encourage us all to support local elderly people.”

For more information on The Big Knit call Jo on 01527 868855 or visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/brwf/

Send completed hats to Age UK BRWF, 51 Windsor Street, Bromsgrove, B60 2BJ or drop them in to your local Age UK BRWF shop.

This year’s hat knitting pattern is available to download at www.ageuk.org.uk/bigknit.

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