Age UK join forces with Gransnet

April 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Since starting my blog I’ve become a regular visitor of Age UK’s website because it is packed with handy information, I’ve even taken part in several of their campaigns including the annual Spread the Warmth crusade and The Big Knit.

Now Age UK has teamed up with Gransnet, a social networking site directed specifically at grandparents, together they are hosting online forums which allow users to interact with other people who are a similar age and have similar lifestyles.

Gransnet Age UK online forum

Age UK recently joined Gransnet to host online forums

The forums covers all sorts of subject areas from hobbies to family and friends, TV and film recommendations to more serious topics like healthcare and politics- there really is something for everyone.

The partnership is set to be extremely successful as both Age UK and Gransnet have loyal followings that will get a lot from each other. Plus both organisations behold the same mission of ensuring a happy and healthy life for older people.

Join the discussions with Age UK and Gransnet here.

Age UK hit Big Knit Target

November 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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innocent-drinks the big knitIn the summer Age UK announced that they would be going ahead with their annual Big Knit event teaming up with Innocent– the brand behind delicious fruit smoothies.

Age UK and their loyal supporters had a rather mammoth task of creating 650,000 mini woolly hats, which would decorate Innocent smoothie bottles on sale in Boots and Sainsbury’s this November.

Enlisting the help of all knitters regardless of age or experience Age UK simply required your help to make The Big Knit, a big success in turn helping make winter warmer for older people.

With great delight Age UK have announced this week that they have in fact met their target goal of 650,000! Having seen a couple of photographs online the hats look brilliant, so cute and colourful.

So with the knitting complete the hats are now snuggly sitting on Innocent smoothie bottles waiting to be purchased. With the promise that for every bottle sold 25 pence will be donated directly to Age UK, who are campaigning to ensure a secure, safe and warmer winters for older people in the UK.

I would like offer a big well done to all who took part and make The Big Knit 2011 another success.


Age UK- The Big Knit 2011

August 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Age UK has announced that the eighth annual ‘Big Knit’ will be going ahead this year and the campaign to get knitters knitting has already begun.

thebigknitlogoFor 2011’s Big Knit Age UK has teamed up with Innocent Smoothies who want knitters to create mini woolly hats, which might sound a little bizarre considering the name of the event. However, all makes sense as Innocent will be decorating their smoothies with mini woolly hats made by Age UK knitters. For every mini hat created Innocent promises to donate to Age UK helping them ensure a warm winter for the elderly.

Age UK have come up with a target of making an ambitious 650,000 mini woolly hats which would make a very impressive donation of £162,500. So the pressure is on to get everyone knitting. To get you started Age UK has come up with a great pattern guide that caters for all knitters- beginners, intermediate and advance. Click to download.

The big Knit 2011

If your struggling for ideas or need a little creative inspiration check out the Big Knit gallery. The team and I are planning on joining the fun by making our own mini woolly hats. I’ll post photographs as soon as our hats are finished.

Send your mini hats to Age UK by 10th October 2011 to help keeping winter warm for the elderly.

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