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.

Thousands of mini bobble hats have been submitted as part of Age Action’s ‘Big Knit’ campaign, with the charity coming close to hitting their target.

Teaming up with Innocent Drinks, the tiny bobble hats will adorn the lids of Innocent smoothie bottles in the coming months.

For every hat knitted, 30 cent is donated by Innocent to Age Action’s Care and Repair programme, which currently receives no statutory funding.

Caroline O’Connell, Head of Fundraising with Age Action, said: “The response from knitters across Ireland has been fantastic and we’ve had a really good response from Dublin. You can hear the needles clicking everywhere you go!

“We’re already on course to break our record but our target this year is really ambitious, and we need to get a hundred thousand little woolly hats in by the end of July.

“Last year our Care and Repair volunteers carried out thousands of DIY jobs, home visits and telephone contacts for older people all over Ireland.

“For many of our clients this might be their only contact with someone all week. It could be the difference between being safe, warm and cosy and being nervous, cold and uncomfortable.

“But we can’t keep the service going without your help so whether you’re a beginner or an expert, we need you to grab your needles, round up some wool and get knitting!”

From October 2019, the little hats will appear on innocent smoothie bottles (250ml) across the country. 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.

For more information, visit The Big Knit’s website here.