Volunteers needed for The Big Knitathon

The Big Knitathon opens for registration

For a second year in a row The Big Issue Foundation is calling on volunteers to help with its world record attempt to create the largest hand-knitted blanket.

Knitters around the country will be grabbing their needles and balls of yarn for The Big Knitathon and seeing how much they can knit on November 16th for this important cause.

The aim of the campaign is to raise vital funds for the charity's work with the homeless, as well as promoting its cause and improving awareness.

To do this everyone involved across the nation is attempting to break a world record by knitting their very own patches to be added into the enormous blanket.

Last year nearly 1,400 participants around the UK showed their support for the campaign and organisers are hoping it can be even more successful this year. The Big Issue Foundation is encouraging people of all ages to organise their own events in their local communities to help raise the profile of the campaign and ensure lots more woollen squares are handknitted.

Each of the squares should be six inches and volunteers can take sponsorship money for every square they make or come up with other unusual ways to raise funds on the day.

The squares will then be sewn together and the finished blanket will be used to raise awareness of the needs of Big Issue vendors through a series of Sleep Out events.

Stephen Robertson, chief executive of The Big Issue Foundation said: "Over the last 22 years The Big Issue has always believed in the idea that people should be involved in their own process of change; taking part in something is being part of something. The Knitathon builds wonderfully on this principle.

"We hope that thousands of knitters will join us across the country, have great fun and help to make something that is bigger than the sum of its parts, at the same time as raising vital funds for The Big Issue Foundation."

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