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Knitters needed for Age UK Oxfordshire campaign

Ladies Knit and Natter at Age UK Oxfordshire cafe raising money for the charity making hats for Innocent smoothies. Pictured Jenny Dancer, Shirley Grant, June Cox ENGNNL00120130813173339

Ladies Knit and Natter at Age UK Oxfordshire cafe raising money for the charity making hats for Innocent smoothies. Pictured Jenny Dancer, Shirley Grant, June Cox ENGNNL00120130813173339

Knitters in Banburyshire are being urged to whip out their wool and needles and help create thousands of mini woolly hats.

For the past 11 years, supporters of the Big Knit scheme have knitted millions of little woolly hats for Innocent smoothies, with money from every bottle sold going towards Age UK projects supporting older people during the winter months.

The Oxfordshire branch has been tasked with knitting 13,000 hats this year with all money raised going towards local services.

Last year alone, more than a million hats were lovingly created across the country,

Rachelle Kennedy, Big Knit co-ordinator at Age UK Oxfordshire, 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 services. We need knitters to help us so that we can run services like our information and advice helpline.The deadline is November 7, so we have about three months to collect all 13,000!”

Those interested can contact Age UK Oxfordshire on 0345 450 1276 to get a free pattern or visit the website: www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire

The hats can be dropped off at the Banbury centre in White Lion Walk or posted to the charity.

The Innocent bottles will be sold in stores nationwide from February 2015.

 

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