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The little girl with a big heart

The little girl with a big heart

The Canterbury Cathedral knitting circle has been inspired to help a young girl knit more than 100 woolly hats for charity.

Francesca Towers (aged 10), from Boughton, near Faversham, Kent enlisted the help of family, friends and the Canterbury Cathedral Knitting Circle, to make more than 100 woolly hats in aid of Age UK  and The Big Knit, a national charity campaign.

Supported by Innocent Drinks, the Big Knit is a joint campaign which has successfully run for eleven years. The concept encourages the public to knit small woolly hats, for Innocent Drinks to sell on top of their smoothie bottles throughout the month of February. For each bottle sold, Innocent will donate 25p to AGE UK’S Spread the Warmth campaign, helping older people during the cold winter months through befriending visits, emergency cold weather support, warm meals and other vital services.

Francesca is no stranger to charity fundraising. She was presented with a Good Citizen Award from Boughton Parish Council in December 2014 for her charity work throughout the year. Some of her past charitable efforts have included donating money to the Little Princess Trust; she raised money by cutting her hair and selling homemade loom bands.

Francesca was inspired to take part in The Big Knit but had never picked up a pair of knitting needles before; so she asked for help from her grandmother, Ivy Calvino, who is the Merchandise Manager at the Canterbury Cathedral Shop. Ivy in turn enlisted the aid of her colleagues in the Cathedral’s Knitting Circle, who meet once a week. Within two months, more than 100 hats were created, and they were then presented to Dr Neil Brown, Chief Officer, Age UK Canterbury

Speaking after the presentation, Dr Neil Brown said:

The dedication shown by Francesca was truly inspirational. It was a great pleasure to thank Francesca personally and members of the Cathedral’s Knitting Circle for their commitment in producing so many wonderful knitted hats for the Big Knit campaign. The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and Innocent drinks to help vulnerable older people. Every bottle sold generates 25p donation from Innocent to support Age UK’s Spread the Warmth campaign, helping older people during the cold winter months.

Dr Neil Brown, Chief Officer, Age UK Canterbury

Thrilled with the finished products Francesca remarked:

I decided to take part in the Big Knit when I saw an advertisement in our local branch of AGE UK. Knitting was more difficult than I thought. I had never made something like this before but, with everyone’s help, we managed to make and create some wonderful hats.

Francesca Towers

In the Press

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‘Faversham’s 10 year old inspires Canterbury Cathedral to knit for Age Uk’ Faversham Times (19/01/2015)

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