Age UK Bath & North East Somerset is asking local people to get knitting to raise funds for essential local services, as part of an annual campaign, innocent’s Big Knit.
For over a decade, knitters across the country have been supporting Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit campaign by knitting little woolly hats.
Last year in Bath and North East Somerset 2,150 hats were knitted, raising £537 to help run the charity’s activities.
This year the target locally is 3,000 hats by the 27th November deadline.
The hats are put onto innocent smoothies and, for each one sold, 25p is donated to Age UK.
The money raised is used to help older people stay warm and healthy, especially through the winter months.
Janet Dabbs, Age UK B&NES’ chief executive, said: “This is a great fun way of raising money to support our services. I’d like to encourage knitters of all abilities to have a go and help raise essential funds.”
Nationally it is estimated that as many as 24,000 older people die needlessly because of the cold every winter.
Many others are lonely and isolated, unable to heat their homes and struggling to get out and about.
To inspire knitters, organisers have also come up with a range of hat patterns for knitters of different abilities that will be worn by 1 million smoothie bottles across the UK.
To download a knitting pattern visit www.thebigknit.co.uk.
You can also call Age UK B&NES on 01225 466135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for patterns or more information.
Please send completed hats to 18 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AE along with a note stating the date, your name, and your address.