8th Apr, 2020

Droitwich residents urged to 'get knitting' hats for Innocent smoothie drinks to help town's Age UK

AGE UK Droitwich is calling on Spa residents to get knitting as part of an annual fund-raising campaign for the charity.

Whether people are knitting ninjas, purling pros or crochet connoisseur they are being urged to get wild with wool.

The Big Knit is now in its 15th year in a bid to create 1.6million mini hats to put on Innocent smoothie bottles.

For each one sold, Age UK receives 25p to help support older people who are facing being alone in later life.

Peter Evans, acting chief officer of Age UK Droitwich Spa, as it progresses its proposed merger with Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said: “We would love the people of Droitwich Spa to join us and help knit as many miniature hats as possible this winter to help us hit our 4,000 target which would provide £1,000 of funding for Age UK Droitwich Spa.

“It’s such a fun campaign to get behind 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 in Droitwich Spa.”

Among the services are information and advice, benefits advice, help at home and gardening services, befriending, legal surgeries with Parkinson Wright and tea and teach internet classes with Barclays Digital Eagles.

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.”

For more information on The Big Knit contact Age UK Droitwich Spa on 01905 772126 or visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/droitwichspa/about-us/latest-news/articles/2018/the-big-knit-2018/.

Completed hats can be sent to Age UK Droitwich Spa at Severn House, 32 Ombersley Street West, Droitwich Spa, or they can be brought to Information and Advice Service at the Olive Branch Community Centre (inside the Baptist Church, next to Barclays Bank) during opening hours.

This year’s hat knitting pattern is available to download, to find out more visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/bigknit or pop into our Information and Advice centre at the Olive Branch Community Centre (inside the Baptist Church, next to Barclays Bank) during opening hours to pick up a leaflet.

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