Age UK Horsham District says ‘thank you’ as local knitters smash this year’s Big Knit target

Stella Bernardi volunteers for Age UK Horsham District and knitted well over 200 hats for the campaign
Stella Bernardi volunteers for Age UK Horsham District and knitted well over 200 hats for the campaign

Over the past month Age UK Horsham District has been gratefully receiving packages filled with woolly knitted hats from local residents as part of the ‘Big Knit’ campaign that Age UK runs with innocent smoothies each year.

‘innocent’ donates 25p for each hat that is provided to help fund Age UK’s services during the winter.

This year the target for Age UK Horsham District was 1500 and they would like to extend a huge thank you to all those that took part this year as not only did they hit the target, they smashed through it with local residents sending in well over 1700 hats raising over £420.

Community Fundraiser Lawrie Mallyon said: “The response has been fantastic. We’ve had hats from individuals all over the district as well as knitting groups submitting literally bags full of their creations. The level of imagination and different designs has been great and I would like to express my thanks to all those who took part and encourage them to keep knitting beyond the deadline.”

The Big Knit campaign is in its 10th year and is a regular fixture in the ‘Spread The Warmth’ campaign launching in November (when you will start to see the hats adorning innocent bottles in stores).

Spread The Warmth focuses on supporting older people throughout the winter when they are at increased risk.

This year there will be a variety of opportunities for the public and local businesses to support Age UK Horsham District’s range of vital services, many of which do not receive any regular funding.

If you haven’t had a chance to send in your hats, Age UK Horsham District is keen to let knitters know that they are happy to continue receiving them all year round to give them a head start on next year so there’s no need to stop. You can download the patterns from their website or facebook page.

For more information on the ‘Big Knit’ or to get involved or make a donation to ‘Spread The Warmth’ please contact Age UK Horsham District on 07910 385 926, visit their website or log onto their facebook page to see some of the knitted creations -

Please continue to send any completed hats or wool to Age UK Horsham District, Lavinia House, Dukes Square, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1GZ located behind the Drill Hall on Denne Road.

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