what's with the little hats?

how little woolly hats help fight loneliness

Loneliness can be a big problem in later life. As many as 200,000 older people say they haven’t spoken to friends or family for over a month.

The hats on our smoothies raise money for activities at local Age UK centres where people like June and Eleonore can get together for things like lunches and dance classes.

The Big Knit started back in 2003 with 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 £2 million for Age UK and we hope to raise much more in the future.

If you’ve ever bought a smoothie or knitted a hat, thank you for being part of the Big Knit.

You’re a legend.