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With one month to go, can Horsham District help make this the biggest ever Big Knit for Age UK?

Horsham District has been knitting up a storm for the past few months and thanks to knitters’ incredible handiwork Age UK is just a few stitches away from hitting their tremendous two million target for this year’s Big Knit.

Age UK and innocent are urging people to click their needles one last time and get their creations handed into the local Age UK by 31 July. The miniature hats will then make their way to stores across the country and be paired with innocent smoothie bottles, which will go on sale in October and carry a 25p donation towards Age UK’s vital work to help support older people across the country.

Sonia Mangan, Chief Executive Officer of Age UK Horsham District, said: “We’re overwhelmed with how much support this year’s Big Knit has received – the hats are getting more and more impressive and they are coming in thick and fast, which is great.

“We need to hit our huge two million hat target though, so we’re asking all those out there, who want to help make a difference to the lives of older people in the Horsham District, to pick up your needles for one final knit. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a dab hand and can knock a miniature hat up in ten minutes or whether you’ve never knitted a row in your life, we want everybody to get behind the Big Knit and help us smash this incredible target. Come on Horsham District we’re counting on you!”

Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes because of the cold. Every hat donated to Age UK Horsham District will help keep older people warm and well, by funding local services, such as their Information and Advice service, which can help with income maximisation. Extra income could mean that local older people do not have to choose between eating well or popping the heating on to keep warm this winter.

Sim Viney, innocent drinks, said: “We have had such great support for the Big Knit over the years. We are positive knitters across the country will take the challenge to make this year’s event the biggest ever. Even if you’ve never knitted a stich, creating a little hat is a great way to start and won’t take long. We’re massively grateful to everyone who joins in and helps make this year’s campaign a huge success.”

For more information on the Big Knit, contact Age UK Horsham District on: 01403 260560 or log onto: www.ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk Please send completed hats to: Age UK Horsham District at Lavinia House, Dukes Square, Horsham, RH12 1GZ.

The hat knitting pattern is available to download. To find out more, please visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/bigknit or pop along to Lavinia House, Dukes Square, Horsham to pick up a leaflet.

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