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Knitters from Brechin are being invited to knit tiny hats for Innocent Smoothie bottles to help raise money for the charity Age Scotland.

This year’s Big Knit marks the 10th anniversary of the campaign, and to celebrate Innocent Smoothies is planning to make it the biggest Big Knit ever.

For each be-hatted bottle sold, which will be available in stores from November, 25p will go towards Age Scotland.

The charity, an independent charity dedicated to improving the lives of older people in Scotland, will use the funds raised to develop services it provides, including the Age Scotland Helpline and local support for older people’s clubs and groups.

Age Scotland fund-raiser Alison Payne saids: “This year in celebration of 10 years of the Big Knit challenge we’re offering a £50 book token prize for the most creative hat.

“We’re thrilled that one of Scotland’s most exciting new playwrights, Sylvia Dow, has agreed to judge our entries.”

Sylvia Dow, who wrote her first play aged 73, added: “I’m delighted to lend my support to the continued success of the Big Knit, which is a great way of raising funds to help older people while flexing your creative muscles.”

James Peach, from Innocent Drinks, explained: “It’s a fantastic way to get creative, knit a little hat to adorn a smoothie bottle and raise money for Age Scotland to help older people.

“We’re massively grateful to everyone who joins in and helps make this year’s campaign a huge success.”

Since Innocent started the campaign they have raised well over £1 million.

To register for the Big Knit and to get free basic and creative knitting patterns call 0845 833 9315 or visit www.agescotland.org.uk.

Hats can be sent to Age Scotland, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PR, up until September 27.