Age UK Sunderland is calling on nimble-fingered knitters across the city to get their needles clicking at double speed.

The call to action, as well as an appeal for wool, is to support the annual Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit.

Now in its 13th year, the campaign calls on budding knitters across the country to knit colourful miniature woolly hats which then go on to innocent smoothie bottles. For each special smoothie sold, innocent donates 25p to help Age UK fund local projects to help keep older people warm and well in winter.

Tracy Buck, Director of Age UK Sunderland (pictured left), explained that they were hoping to reach a target of 4,000 knitted hats in Sunderland.

Tracy added: “We are calling on local knitters to get as many hats as possible to us by May 25th.  As the smoothie bottles don’t go on sale until October 2017, there’s even more time for knitters to keep sending hats in throughout the summer to help Age UK reach the bumper target.”

Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes because of the cold. Every hat donated to Age UK Sunderland will help to raise the money needed to fund vital local services across the city.


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.”

For more information on The Big Knit contact Age UK Sunderland on 0191 514 1131 or log onto www/

All completed hats or donations of wool can be sent to Lynne Livsey at Age UK Sunderland, Bradbury Centre, Stockton Road. Sunderland SR2 7AQ.

The hat knitting pattern is also available to download. To find out more visit: or pop into the Age UK centre in Stockton Road to pick up a leaflet.