about the Big Knit

what’s with the little hats?

The colder months can be tough for a lot of people

As many as 25,000 older people's lives are at risk because of the cold. And we wanted to help.

Back in 2003 we had an idea. We asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats. We put those hats on our smoothies, and for each one sold we made a donation of 25p to Age UK.

The idea snowballed and so far the people of the UK have knitted an astonishing 5 million hats. Together we've raised over £1.7m, and raised awareness of the great work done by charities like Age UK.

last year the Big Knit raised over £215,000 which could fund...

10,755 days at a local Age UK centre

with a hot lunch, activities and the chance to meet new friends


40,000 blankets

helping vulnerable older people to stay warm despite the winter chill.


20,000 hot meals

to be delivered by friendly volunteers to older people who would otherwise struggle to cook for themselves.


10,000 emergency heaters

for older people at serious risk of the cold.


21,511 essential Winter Warmth packs

which contain:
• A fleecy blanket
• Thermal socks
• Thermal cup
• Hot water bottle
• Thermal hot water bottle cover
• Room thermometer
• Soup packets