A local drop off point for little hats knitted for Age UK Somerset has been announced by the Chair of the Trustees, Heather Lukins. The Big Knit Campaign 2018 is inviting people to knit mini hats that will fit on the bottle top of Innocent pure fruit smoothie drinks. The drinks company has agreed to donate 25p for each hat that the charity sends to them, to help improve the lives of local older people who are suffering from loneliness.
Volunteer & Communications Manager Kate Barrington visited Crewkerne recently when she met up with Heather Lukins, co-owner of the George Shopping Centre in Crewkerne, to confirm that McKinlays estate agents are happy to be a drop off point for the knitted hats. Kate explained that the charity was hoping to arrange more drop off points in other towns across Somerset, where knitters could bring the hats. Many knitters are prolific, making dozens at a time and the cost of posting them to Age UK Somerset headquarters in Taunton, had previously been an expense which may have deterred some knitters. The first deadline for knitted hats is December 10th, 2018. Patterns and further information are available by calling 01823 345610 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors to the Age UK Somerset publicity stand in the George Shopping Centre, which included town crier David Craner, were able to find out more about the charity, which supports later life in Somerset with an extensive range of services and products, and offers rewarding and often fun volunteering opportunities, helping volunteers to develop new skills and make a difference in their community.