Calling all Watford knitters! It’s time to get your needles at the ready for the Big Knit to help AgeUK spread the warmth.
Hertfordshire Euro MP Alex Mayer swapped stitching together European alliances for knitting mini bobble hats, as she joined pensioners at AgeUK’s Watford activity centre.
Everyone can join in with the Big Knit by visiting www.thebigknit.co.uk
There you can download knitting patterns to create some real real bobble dazzler designs including pineapple hats, a cheeky monkey hat or even a penguin hat.
Once you are done, its “hats away” to drop them off at the local hat collection point at 122 Exchange Road, Watford, WD18 0PL. AgeUK hope Watford knitters will make 3,000 hats locally this year.
The little hats make a big difference. They are used to decorate Innocent Smoothie bottles and in return for each hat knitted, Innocent Smoothies donate 25p to AgeUK.
Ms Mayer found out how AgeUK use the cash across Hertfordshire, as she spoke to the people attending the 10 to 3 club and local manager Kerry O’Donnelly. Participants can enjoy a hot lunch and take part in fun activities like seated exercises and quizzes as well as getting information and advice.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “Whether you download a pattern and knit a hat on the train to work or invite a group round for a knit and natter, please get involved to support AgeUK.
“If I told you I was a natural knitter, I think it’s fair to say I’d be spinning you a yarn, so thanks to the knitting experts offering me a helping hand.
“Sadly there are older people living in Hertfordshire who are putting on real woollies in an effort to keep warm this Winter which is why AgeUK’s support to spread the warmth is so vital.”