Jack Payne, Kane Ferdinand and Michael Bostwick pick up a ball ‘of wool’.

Peterborough United players Jack Payne, Kane Ferdinand and Michael Bostwick pick up a ball ‘of wool’ to call on the city’s knitters and POSH fans to support local charity Age UK Peterborough, by joining in with Age UK and innocent’s The Big Knit 2014 campaign and helping them reach their goal of 10,000 little woolly hats.

Now in its 11th year, The Big Knit returns and budding milliners in Peterborough are being called upon to get inventive and knit miniature woolly hats to adorn innocent smoothie bottles, which will be sold nationwide from February 2015. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will donate 25p to Age UK to help fund national and local winter projects.

David Bache chief executive of Age UK Peterborough said: “Winter can be a really difficult time of year for many older people, so we urge local knitters to get behind The Big Knit to help raise funds for vital local winter projects. Each year we run a range of services, including ‘heater loans’ - more funds mean, more heaters, reaching more people.”

Local Big Knit organisers, Angela Allen and Christine Wildman, pictured above, extend a huge thank you to all those who’ve already sent in wonderful creations and helped them on their way.

You can play your part and join Age UK Peterborough and Peterborough F.C by picking up the ball and your knitting needles. Simply Knit 1, POSH 1 and you can help make a difference locally.

The Posh pattern can be download below or visit www.ageukpeterborough.org.uk with more fun patterns and information on The Big Knit or you can call Age UK Peterborough on 01733 564185.

Please send completed hats to Age UK Peterborough at the Lindens, 86 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE1 2SN or drop them into one of the Age UK shops located at Westgate, Bretton and Werrington.