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Appeal for nifty knitters to help our fundraising target

Posted on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 1:31 pm | Category:

A LOCAL charity is appealing for nimble knitters to pull together to help a major fund-raising drive.


Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington is calling on knitters across the region to get their needles clicking at double the speed to make Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit the biggest event yet. 


Now in its 18th year, budding knitters are being challenged to reach a whopping target of two million miniature woolly hats. The colourful creations will adorn innocent smoothie bottles, and for each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will donate 25p to help Age UK fund national and local projects that keep older people warm and well in winter.


Helen Hunter, Chief Executive of Age UK in North Yorkshire & Darlington, appealed for people to help meet the 10,000 woolly hats deadline during lockdown.


The charity delivers dozens of hot meals every day to people who need it most, offers a telephone befriending service and advice and information to families across the region.


She said fund-raising was particularly challenging for charities in the current Covid lockdown.


“We are calling on local knitters to get as many hats as possible to us so we can reach our fundraising targets,” she said.


Last year alone, more than 800,000 hats were lovingly created, with designs including the Wombles and Mr Men, cupcakes, colouring pencils, lots of animals and not forgetting the traditional bobble hat.


Please send completed hats to Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington at Bradbury House, Beaumont Street, Darlington or at the Swadford Centre in Skipton. The deadline is October 31 2021. The hat knitting pattern is available to download, to find out more visit:

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Age UK Darlington is a registered charity (Registered Charity No. 1128377) registered in England and Wales as a Limited Company no. 6817492). Registered address: Bradbury House, Beaumont Street West, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 5SX.

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