Here in Bedfordshire we have taken part every year and had a gallant band of knitters, working away with the needles and wool to produce little knitted hats that are then counted, packaged up and sent to the distribution warehouse.
During November each year the little hats appear on the Smoothie drinks in your local Sainsbury supermarkets.
Some of the proceeds from the purchase of the drinks is then given back to the Age UKs who have participated in the Big Knit.
There have been various patterns to knit, some official and some non official, but all have produced wonderful hats that have filled us all with joy and admiration for the knitters.
The band of knitters here in Bedfordshire have included staff, volunteers, trustees, friends, families, carers, older people, and clubs and groups.
We have had elephants, crowns, hats with pigtails, pineapples, strawberries, and so many more, too many to count.
This year we surpassed the target set and have actually despatched 3,350 hats to go on the shelves.
So look out in Sainsbury’s for your little Smoothie bottles wearing knitted hats and buy one to donate 25p to your local Age UK.
The funds from this venture are used here to help us to put on our Christmas parties for isolated older people in Bedfordshire. These parties make a huge difference to the attendees and help us to ensure that lonely people know that we care.
Last but not least, thank you all Knitters. Keep up the good work.
If you would like to help knit then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.