Keep those knitting needles clicking for the Big Knit!

The Big Knit campaign continues throughout 2019 and Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland is calling on Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to keep knitting or join in for the first time!
Now in its 15th year, the campaign still needs to recruit more knitters to help create an impressive 1.6 million hats nationwide to adorn Innocent smoothie bottles. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, Age UK receives 25p, and that money helps the Charity support older people who are facing later life alone.
Tony Donovan, Executive Director of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland said: “We need local people to join us and help knit another 26,000 miniature hats to help us hit our huge 80,000 local target by July 2019 (even though the campaign continues all year round). 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. These services, which include Day Care, dementia support, Men/Women in Sheds and befriending amongst so many others, and give local older people the chance to come along and make friends, learn new skills and most importantly have fun.”
Last year alone, more than one million hats were lovingly created nationally, with designs including the hugely popular unicorn, grizzly bear, fluffy sheep and desert island.
For more information on The Big Knit contact Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland on 0116 299 2233 or visit Please send completed hats to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland at Lansdowne House, 113 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LA or hand them in at any of our 24 shops or Resource Centres.
This year’s hat knitting patterns are available to download – to find out more visit: or pop into any of our addresses to request a leaflet.