Hat’s amazing! Lady who inspired 1,285 hats

Residents of Sutton Coldfield have set what could be a national record, knitting 1,285 mini hats in support of Age UK.

The lady who got it all started is Sally Clough who runs an elderly care business, Home Instead Senior Care, in Sutton Coldfield.

For the last few years Sally and her team of CAREGivers have encouraged local people to get knitting and in the past have managed a few hundred. But this year’s campaign has taken on a life of its own with many local community groups getting involved.

Sally says that all sorts of people have been knitting – her family, her staff and people from local businesses. Sally was particularly keen to get the elderly involved as knitting can be so therapeutic. She was told by the manager of a local assisted living facility that a particular resident’s health had improved immensely since she had started knitting the cute hats.

Each year, Innocent’s Big Knit sees people knitting miniature hats which are then placed on Innocent Smoothie bottles. For every hat sold, a donation is made to Age UK with proceeds going towards warm clothing and blankets, social events, hot water bottles and hot meals.

The campaign started in 2003 and to date 4 million hats have been knitted and £1.5m donated to Age UK.

Sally, who once ran her own knitting shop said, “I am so proud of everyone in the local area who has made such an effort and been so creative.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be sending such a huge amount of hats to Innocent and raising a significant amount for Age UK, a charity very close to our hearts.

“Many of our CAREGivers have and clients have had a great time knitting together – I’ve always known how therapeutic knitting can be and the comments we have had just prove it.”

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home