Itâ€™s been five years since the innocent Big Knit began in Ireland and so far, â‚¬80,000 has been raised for Age Action which has helped thousands of older people nationwide.
Unfortunately, there are many more out there who need the same help and this is why the innocent Big Knit is back and bigger than ever.
For every hat wearing bottle sold, innocent drinks will donate 30c to Age Actionâ€™s Care and Repair Programme. This year, 65,000 of those little hats are required to raise the much needed â‚¬20,000 which will go directly to Age Action.
The last five years has seen over 260,000 little hats created by knitting novices and craft experts across Ireland, as well as a slew of famous Irish faces including Gay Byrne, Karen Koster, John Rocha and Bressie. Innocent drinks and Age Action need the public to cast on with friends and family from now until the start of October. Anyone can get involved by downloading the easy-to-follow knitting patterns from thebigknit.ie.
Funds raised will help Age Action run their Care and Repair programme which involves volunteers visiting older people in their homes and providing a DIY service. The programme runs all year round, but is ramped up over the winter with volunteers doing jobs such as fitting hand rails, changing light bulbs and fitting draught excluders. Last year alone, Care and Repair teams helped over 19,500 older people. The Innocent Big Knit also helps fund a public information campaign each winter, providing advice for older people on how to remain well and warm at home
This year, 65,000 hats are needed, which will bring the total amount raised since the start of the campaign to â‚¬100,000.
For more information visit: www.thebigknit.ie; #IrishBigKnit @innocentireland; facebook.com/innocent.smoothies
Hats should be sent to: The innocent Big Knit, Fruit Towers, 120/121 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 by Friday October 4.