Knitters across Essex are being thanked for their involvement in a record-breaking Big Knit campaign.
Knitting nannies, granddads and young people across the county took part in the campaign where they helped donate to charity by knitting mini woolly hats in aid of Age UK Essex at Knit & Natter groups in libraries across Essex.
This year fundraisers smashed the target of 7,000 hats for Essex – creating a staggering 11,000!
Each mini hat donated will be now placed on a bottle of Innocent smoothie at top retailers including Sainsburys, Boots, Tesco and WHSmith and sold with 25p being donated to Age UK Essex.
Proud knitters can expect their designs to pop up on bottles from around mid-February onwards.
Cllr David Finch, Essex County Council Leader said “I am delighted to be able to pay tribute to the role that Knit and Natter groups in libraries across the county played in the success of this campaign.
“Knitting is an enjoyable hobby for many and the Big Knit gives people who enjoy knitting the chance to do so while also contributing to a meaningful cause. Residents looking for a social environment to knit and natter should enquire at their local library about their nearest group.”
Knit & Natter groups are run at libraries in Basildon, Vange, Chelmsford, Colchester (U3A), Gt. Parndon (U3A), Loughton, Southminster, Hockley, Hullbridge, Rayleigh and Rochford.
Since last September’s appeal, new Knit & Natter groups have popped up at libraries in Broomfield, Shenfield, Benfleet, Springfield and Clacton. In addition to this, there are plans for a new group in West Clacton.
Kimberley Gosden, Relationship Coordinator at Age UK Essex, said: “Thank you to everyone across Essex that has supported us by sending in their creations. We have had some extremely detailed contributions and have marvelled over the detail and hard work that has gone into them.
“We're very lucky and always amazed by the hard work that people put into the Big Knit. 25p is raised from each hat so the total we receive will go towards our Befriending programme. This is so vital to many elderly people in Essex, providing support for those that need it to avoid loneliness and social isolation."