Knitters help OAP warmth campaign

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knitters are helping Age UK Suffolk after making 7,200 woolly hats.

They are on Innocent smoothie bottles in Sainsbury’s until December 12. Each bottle sold raises 25p for Age UK Suffolk’s Spread the Warmth Campaign to help OAPs stay alive this winter.

Now in its ninth year, the Big Knit has already raised over a million pounds. This year the money will go to Spread the Warmth which funds local projects including, helping to keep homes warm, and giving free information and advice 365 days a year.

Maggie James, Fundraising & Development Officer at Age UK Suffolk said: “We are delighted by all the support we have had for The Big Knit this year and especially for the support of all our individual knitters and many knitting clubs. “Winter can be an extremely difficult time of year for many older people.

“The funds raised by The Big Knit will go a long way towards supporting local winter projects such as helping older people with advice on keeping warm and supplying heaters on loan when needed which are vital in helping older people through this difficult time of year.”

As many as 25,000 older people may die needlessly this winter because of the cold in England and Wales. Age UK, through its annual Spread the Warmth campaign, works with its local and national partners to make winter warmer for older people by providing vital information, advice and practical services to help keep warm and well in the colder winter months, spreading warmth to hundreds of thousands of older people.

Older people and their families can call Age UK Suffolk’s local Information Centres in Bury St Edmunds on 01284 757750 for winter related advice and to request a free copy of the Winter Wrapped Up leaflet (which includes a free room thermometer).

Alternatively they can visit to download the guide. T

here will be lots of ways to help Age UK Suffolk Spread the Warmth this winter. People can make a donation simply by calling 01473 298688 or visiting