Knitting is Innocent for Age UK

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Age UK Milton Keynes is calling on nimble-fingered knitters across the city to create little woolly hats for Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit 2012.

Now in its ninth year, The Big Knit raises vital funds locally to help older people keep warm in the winter.

The mini hats will adorn innocent smoothie bottles in Sainsbury’s stores from November 21. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will give 25p to Age UK’s Spread the Warmth campaign, helping to fund winter related information, advice and services. Age UK Milton Keynes has been tasked with knitting 3,000 hats by the end of September and need you to help make this a reality!

Jane Palmer, Chief Officer at Age UK Milton Keynes said: “Winter can be a really difficult time of year for many older people, so it’s really important that local knitters get behind The Big Knit to help raise funds for vital local winter projects. We need knitters in Milton Keynes to help us reach our goal of 3,000 miniature hats so that we can run projects preventing many thousands from being left isolated and alone in the winter time.”

Rachel Rowland, Innocent drinks, said: “The Big Knit is a fantastic way to get creative and raise money for a great cause. This is the ninth year that popping little hats on innocent smoothie bottles has raised money to help keep older people warm in winter with Age UK, and we’re looking forward to another hugely successful campaign in 2012.”

Knitters can contact the Age UK Milton Keynes fundraising team on 01908 557891 to get a free knitting pattern or go to The Age UK MK website to download big knit patterns. For people who don’t fancy making a hat themselves, wool and needles can be donated to help others reach the target.

The little woolly hats can be dropped off at any Age UK Milton Keynes charity shop or please send them to: The Peartree Centre, 1 Chadds Lane, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes MK6 3EB by September 24.

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