Dacorum age charity welcomes support from nattering knitters and a teddy tombola

Age UK Dacorum are also getting fundraising support from Sainsbury's Woodhall Farm. A teddy tombola raised �117.
Age UK Dacorum are also getting fundraising support from Sainsbury's Woodhall Farm. A teddy tombola raised �117.

A dedicated group of knitters who all live in the same sheltered housing scheme are working flat-out to help Age UK Dacorum in their annual Big Knit campaign.

This is the eighth year that ladies from Florence Longman House in Apsley have supported the charity’s decade-long partnership with Innocent Smoothies. This year, the Dacorum branch has set a target for 10,000 mini hats, which are knitted by volunteers before being placed on smoothie bottles and sold in supermarkets. For each one sold, 25p is donated back to the charity.

So far in this year’s project, just six Florence Longman knitters have combined to make around 3,500 hats.

Team member Shelagh Martin said: “We average about five to six thousand hats a year, but we have one lady who has made almost 2,000 on her own so far.

“We have no outside knitters any more so it is just us. We sit down together in the communal lounge and have a knit and a natter. We all enjoy it.”

Age UK Dacorum is also receiving fundraising support from Sainsbury’s in Woodhall Farm to help them set up a dementia therapy ‘COGS’ group in Hemel Hempstead. A teddy tombola in store on Saturday raised £117 for the cause.