Residents from The Ridings Care Home, Calder Close, Banbury, have spent the day doing their bit for charity by taking part in the Innocent Big Knit.

Residents and staff at Anchor’s The Ridings in Calder Close tapped into their creative side and knitted miniature hats. The hats will be placed on the lids of Innocent Smoothies, and for each one sold Innocent will make a donation of 25p to older people’s charity Age UK Oxfordshire. 

Manager Karen Kyme from The Ridings said the activity was a real hit with the residents, while still raising much needed funds for vulnerable older people this winter. 

Karen said: “This was the 1st time we’d got involved with this really amazing project. We had lots of fun knitting the hats in all different patterns and designs.

“We at Anchor organise lots of meaningful activities that are tailored for each older person here and many residents said they wanted to use their knitting skills to help raise money for charity. So of course we jumped at the chance to take part.”

Resident Doreen Stone, said: “I knitted lots of bobble hats. I’ve always enjoyed knitting and find it relaxing, so it’s great to get together with my friends here and do it for a good cause. It was a lot of fun”. “We’re lucky as we live in a warm, homely environment, but many other older people might be cold or lonely this winter. I hope knitting these hats can do a little to help.”

For more information on Anchor’s The Ridings, contact 0800 731 2020.

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