You are here

Celebrating 10 years of knitting with the Big Knit

Published 05/02/2019

SHARE THIS

The innocent Big Knit is back and it’s bigger than ever

Age Action and innocent drinks have launched the 2019 Big Knit, calling on knitters around the country to help knit little hats to raise funds for Age Action by July 31st.

We’re woolly excited 

Winnie O’Doherty, Churchtown (right),  and Anne Kelly, (left) Inchicore  members of the Age Action Camden Street knitting circle helped launch Big Knit 2019 with Age Action and innocent drinks along with Brendan Courtney and his mother Nuala. Knitters around the country are asked to help knit little hats to raise funds for Age Action. For every hat received by innocent, 30c is donated to Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people which raises awareness of the valuable contribution older people make to society and advocates for the rights of all older people.

 

innocent drinks Ireland is asking knitters and crocheters around the country to knit 100,000 little hats in a fundraising effort for Age Action. For every hat received by innocent, 30c is donated to Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people which raises awareness of the valuable contribution older people make to society and advocates for the rights of all older people.

From now until 31 July 2019, innocent and Age Action are calling out to veteran knitters and newcomers alike, to grab their knitting needles and get clacking for this brilliant cause.

Caroline O'Connell, Head of Fundraising at Age Action, said: “The Big Knit is one of Age Action’s longest running fundraising campaigns, raising vital funds for our work as well as generating awareness of the issues facing older people. At the heart of the campaign is the idea that anyone can help an older person stay well and warm during the more difficult winter months simply by knitting a hat.  Many older people struggle over the colder months and this campaign helps Age Action to be there for older people when they need us most; whether they need information or small repairs done to their homes to help them be winter ready, the Big Knit helps us to deliver that service.”

Laura O’Connell, Communities Specialist at innocent said: “We are really proud of the Big Knit at innocent and what it does to help older people stay warm and well in winter. Over the years we’ve worked with Age Action and the generosity of each Irish knitter around the country is truly overwhelming and fills us with a great sense of pride. And, of course, it’s always nice to get a nation knitting.”

Winnie O’Doherty, star knitter for the Big Knit and a member of an Age Action knitting group that meets in the Age Action Store on Camden Street every week says: “I love knitting with the Age Action knitting group. I’ve been coming here nearly every week for the last 9 years; I like the company. We’re great friends and we have a good natter. We really understand each other and give each other some good tips, not only on knitting!”

Brendan Courtney said “Myself and my Mum Nuala are thrilled to be part of the Age Action innocent Big Knit 2019. Knitting circles are popping up all over the country which is a great way to keep communities connected especially when they bring young and old together. The beauty of these little hats is that they don't have to be catwalk standard - just knitted with care for our older friends and family".

Over the past ten years the Irish public knitted an astonishing 490,000 hats and helped raise €170,000 for Age Action.   

From October 2019, the nation’s little hats will appear on innocent smoothie bottles (250ml) across the country. For each bottle sold wearing a little hat, innocent Drinks will donate 30 cent to Age Action.

Hats can be sent to The Big Knit 2019, innocent drinks, Fruit Towers, 2 Ballsbridge Park, Dublin 4 or dropped into any of Age Action’s shops or offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Monaghan.

 

 

SHARE THIS

Input into the Nursing Home Expert Panel on perspectives and experiences in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

(17 June) The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs, represented by Age Action, is meeting with the Nursing Home Expert Panel to communicate perspectives and experiences in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on nursing homes, with a particular focus on planning the further responses to nursing homes’ needs over the next 18 months.  National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), chaired by the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, was established in January. It has been providing direction, guidance, support and expert advice on the development and implementation of Ireland’s strategic response to the pandemic. The Panel is due to report to the Minister for Health by end June 2020 and is has undertaken a public consultation details of which are available here.