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 6 million hats. Together we've raised over £1.9m, and raised awareness of the great work done by charities like Age UK.

last year the Big Knit raised over £200,000 which could fund...

20,000 calls answered to the Age UK Advice Line

from an older person with nowhere to turn

and

10,000 emergency Winter Warmth packs

provided for older people during a cold snap

or

40,000 calls answered to the Age UK Advice Line

from an older person with nowhere to turn