Get knitting to raise funds for older people

knitting for web
knitting for web

Age UK East Riding is appealing for people to get busy with their knitting needles to help raise funds to keep older people warm this winter.

The charity is again teaming up with Innocent, the smoothie drinks company, for the Big Knit campaign’s 10th anniversary and is calling for knitters of all abilities to join in.

People across the East Riding and the UK will be supporting the campaign by knitting thousands of little woolly hats which will sit on Innocent smoothie bottles for sale in stores across the country later this year. For each hat-wearing smoothie sold, Age UK will receive 25p, which will be used to fund winter warmth projects.

This year, Age UK East Riding’s target has been increased to 10,000 of the little hats, which will help the charity to support local older people during the cold winter months.

Knitters can pick up the hat patterns from the Age UK East Riding office at 16 North Bar Within, Beverley, HU17 8AX (tel 01482 869181), or download copies from their website More confident knitters are being encouraged to use their imaginations if they are feeling adventurous!

The completed hats should be sent or delivered to the Age UK East Riding office in Beverley, or to Age UK shops. The charity is asking for all hats to be sent in by Friday 13th September 2013. The hats should be sent in packages clearly marked with the number of knitted items enclosed and the name and address of the sender.

About Age UK East Riding: Age UK East Riding is a local independent charity (registered charity number 1011280) and is a brand partner with the national charity Age UK.

Age UK East Riding promotes independent living and active ageing for older people and their carers in the East Riding of Yorkshire and provides local services for local people –

‘All the money we raise and everything we do goes to support older residents of the East Riding’.