Call for Edinburgh knitters to get creative and help older people

Calling Edinburgh knitters

Knitters in Edinburgh are invited to help older people by knitting wee woolly hats to adorn innocent smoothie bottles.

The be-hatted smoothies will be available in stores from November, and for each sold innocent drinks will give 25p to Age Scotland.  The Charity will use funds raised to develop services including the Age Scotland Helpline and local support for older people’s clubs and groups.

To register for the Big Knit and to get free basic and creative knitting patterns call 0845 833 9315 or visit   Hats can be sent to Age Scotland, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PR, up until 27th September.

Age Scotland fundraiser Alison Payne says: “This year in celebration of 10 years of the Big Knit challenge we’re offering a £50 book token prize for the most creative hat.  We’re thrilled that one of Scotland’s most exciting new playwrights, Sylvia Dow, has agreed to judge our entries.”

Sylvia Dow, who wrote her first play age 73, says: “’ I’m delighted to lend my support to the continued success of the Big Knit, which is a great way of raising funds to help older people while flexing your creative muscles.”

James Peach, innocent drinks, said: “It’s a fantastic way to get creative, knit a little hat to adorn a smoothie bottle and raise money for Age Scotland to help older people. We’re massively grateful to everyone who joins in and helps make this year’s campaign a huge success.”

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