Big knit winter warmers

Age UK's The Big Knit appealing for more people to knit little hats for smoothie bottles.'Standing L to R) Christine Thompson, Mary Williamson, Pam Lofthouse, Mary Sherwood, June Payne, Pauline Walton, Jenny Cookson.'Seated are L) Sarah Ginn and (R) Susan Bedford.'p308b233
Age UK's The Big Knit appealing for more people to knit little hats for smoothie bottles.'Standing L to R) Christine Thompson, Mary Williamson, Pam Lofthouse, Mary Sherwood, June Payne, Pauline Walton, Jenny Cookson.'Seated are L) Sarah Ginn and (R) Susan Bedford.'p308b233
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KNITTERS in the Five Towns can help raise thousands of pounds to keep older people warm this winter by joining Age UK’s Big Knit campaign.

Age Concern Wakefield District, based in Castleford, needs creative volunteers to knit more than 8,500 mini-hats, which will be worn by Innocent smoothie bottles on supermarket shelves in November.

Innocent will donate 25p to Age UK from every hatted bottle sold as part of the charity’s Spread the Warmth campaign.

The campaign helps to fund national and local winter projects which care for older people.

Paula Bee, Wakefield District’s Age Concern chief officer, said: “Winter can be a difficult time of the year for many older people.

“The funds raised locally by the Big Knit will go a long way towards supporting local winter projects.

“We are calling on knitters in Wakefield district to be creative and get knitting to help us reach our target of 8,560 hats for this year’s Big Knit.

“Remember, every hat means more money for older people in the community, so start early and help us hit our target.”

To get a simple hat pattern, call the Castleford office on 01977 552114, or to donate double knit wool for knitters, send it to Age UK Wakefield District, 7 Bank Street, Castleford.