Bury St Edmunds care home residents support Age UK’s The Big Knit

09 July 2019

Residents at RMBI Care Co. Home Cornwallis Court in Bury St Edmunds are supporting Age UK by knitting dozens of tiny hats.

Their efforts are part of Age UK’s The Big Knit which helps raise vital funds to support local and national winter projects that involve keeping older people warm through befriending visits, emergency and cold weather support, warm meals and other vital services.

Using scrap wool, residents had great fun experimenting with some wild and wacky hat patterns such as The Shark, The Crafty Fox and The Cherry.

The hats will be placed on Innocent smoothie bottles and for every smoothie sold 25p will be donated to Age UK.

Resident Jean Wood believes that it’s a great idea and would like to encourage anyone who can knit or crochet to take part. She said: “We wanted to do something to support older people who need help and we all knew how to knit, so this seemed like the perfect way to make a difference. Some of the designs are actually quite difficult to make, so it’s been a nice challenge.”

Activities Coordinator, Sam Wiseman, said: "It’s really important to our Home to contribute to the community and The Big Knit is a great way to do just that. As well as supporting a great cause, it has also been an excellent way for residents to come together, chat and reminisce. It’s prompted some lovely memories of knitting for babies and family members. They’ve taught some of our staff to knit too, so it’s been a learning curve for all of us!”