PEOPLE can wear their unwanted Christmas knitwear – and raise money for charity on Bobble Day.
According to new research, nearly half of people in Yorkshire and the Humber have received a woolly present for Christmas that they have never worn or only worn once or twice.
But Age UK is celebrating the news with their annual Bobble Day on February 10.
They are asking people to resurrect their winter woollies and wear them proudly to school or workplace for the cost of £2.
Wacky woollen items have enjoyed a recent renaissance with online retailers reporting a huge 600% increase of festive knits compared to last year.
Organisers of Bobble Day have suggested transforming unwanted knits into neon legwarmers or teaming a giant jumper dress with woolly socks.
All money raised will go to Age UK’s Spread the Warmth campaign to help keep older people warm and well during what can be extremely difficult winter months for thousands across the country.
Fundraising director at Age UK Paul Farthing said: “Bobble Day will give the nation a chance to get creative with their winter knits. We’re calling on everyone to find their inner-fashionista and to finish off their woolly outfit with a colourful bobble available from an Age UK shop or Wilkinson store to show their support for ending needless suffering for older people in winter.
“Bobble Day is a chance to have fun, but there is a serious issue at its heart with 200 older people dying needlessly every day in winter due to the cold.”
People can buy bobbles for £1 from their local Age UK shop or Wilkinson. Visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/bobbleday