Residents from Fairway View care home in Bulwell were invited to Innocent’s Big Knit, in celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary.
The Big Knit campaign sees people knitting mini hats to be placed on top of Innocent’s smoothie bottles. Innocent donates 25p for every smoothie sold to Age UK, and since 2003, it has raised over £3 million.
On the 20th anniversary, avid knitters from across the country all gathered at Albert Hall in Nottingham to knit together the 23ft tall bobble hat.
One Fairway View resident who was invited to attend was 93-year-old Brenda Walton. Brenda has been knitting for 80 and remembers knitting her own socks as a child.
When Brenda moved to Fairway View over a year ago, she was delighted to join the care home’s Knit and Natter club, who have recently dedicated their time to knitting blankets to palliative care patients at Hayward House hospital.
Brenda and her fellow resident knitters had a fantastic time meeting other knitting fanatics. She said,
‘I really enjoyed the knitting event; I’ve never seen so many knitters together! The giant hat looked absolutely amazing when it was all finished!’
When the knitting was over, Innocent deconstructed the hat to make blankets, which were donated to hospitals, care homes and other places of care. The residents at Fairway View were thrilled to have been gifted 45 cosy blankets.
Melanie Hayes, the Care Manager at Fairway View, said,
‘Our Knit and Natter club were thrilled to have been part of Innocent’s Big Knit event. Our knitters have already done so much to help others by donating their creations to patients at Hayward House, and we couldn’t be prouder of everything they have achieved so far.’
Charlie Swinburn, Brand Manager at Innocent said,
‘We loved having the residents from Fairway View care home join us at such a momentous event to celebrate 20 years of The Big Knit.
‘We cannot thank the residents and their invaluable knitting skills enough for helping us mark two decades of our partnership with Age UK in such a unique way.’
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Fairway View is a residential and dementia care home operated by Ideal Carehomes. With 41 ensuite bedrooms, attractive décor and freely accessible gardens, Fairway View is proud to be rated as OUTSTANDING by the CQC (Care Quality Commission).