Simmons & Sons Joins in the Big Knit to Raise Money for Age UK

Age UK Oxfordshire is upping its knitting game with a new selection of exciting miniature hat designs for the Big Knit campaign.

The Big Knit, which is now in its 16th year, is working with Age UK Oxfordshire and inviting everyone – whether a purling pro, crochet connoisseur or a knitting newbie – to visit the Age UK Oxfordshire website ( to download the new hat patterns and join in the campaign.

Taking hats to a whole new level, the new designs include a dinosaur, lion, unicorn and duck. As well as the new designs, there are plenty more knitting patterns, whatever your ability, including classic beginner bobble hats, crochet options and other fun characters – knitters can even create and design their own.

Linda Thorne, Brand & Marketing Manager for Simmons & Sons in Henley first saw the “Big Knit” advertised on twitter and thought it would be good for the company to get involved.  After they downloaded the patterns from the Big Knit website, brought a variety of coloured wool and knitting needles the work began.

Linda said, “One of the ladies, Susan Licence, has made the majority of the 155 hats creating and designing patterns to make more individual hats.  We have football striped hats, glittery wool hats, hats with bells, hats with plaits and of course our show pieces the bumble bee hat and ladybird hat (which have been sold to a member of staff with a donation going to Age UK). We will carry on knitting until the closing date in July and split the hats between the Age UK Berkshire and Age UK Oxfordshire.”

Age UK Oxfordshire is aiming to hit an impressive target of 25,469 hats to adorn innocent smooth bottles later this year. For each be-hatted smoothie sold*, Age UK Oxfordshire receives 25p, and that money helps the Charity support older people who are facing later life alone.

Penny Thewlis, Chief Officer of Age UK Oxfordshire said: “We love the new hat designs and can’t wait to see how the knitters of Oxfordshire use them to create their own little hats. Every year we love seeing all the different designs come in from stripy bobble hats to grizzly bears. We need everyone to join us and knit as many miniature hats as possible by 31st July to help us hit our target of 25,469 hats. It’s such a fun campaign to get behind and it does so much to help older people in our area.”


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