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Byline: Anneta Konstantinides Reporter anneta.konstantinides@walesonline.co.uk

DEDICATED knitters at a Cardiff law firm have stitched more than 1,400 hats for charity.

Friendly rivalry contributed to staff at Hugh James stitching almost 900 more hats for Age Cymru's Big Knit fundraiser than they contributed last year.

The firm once again backed the venture - a joint campaign between Age UK and Innocent Drinks - to support the elderly.

Hugh James partner Lisa Morgan said this year the firm decided to hand out prizes to participants, including awards for best and worst hat, most imaginative creation, and best dressed team.

Designs included Batman, characters from The Simpsons, and even a Doctor Who-inspired Tardis.

Ms Morgan said yearly participation in the event has always been good for morale.

"Big Knit is very much an opportunity for teambuilding," she said.

"It has certainly helped bring employees together and it's also kind of integrated the teams.

"We have new people who have joined the teams so they've gotten to know one another and it really has increased team spirit within the department."

And Ms Morgan said everyone got bit by the knitting bug - even the department members' families outside of the office.

"The boys have been knitting and concentrating on their knitting skills - we've been knitting at lunch time," she said.

"There's even been knitting lessons at lunch time and the most experienced knitters have been showing the novices how to knit. And we've got members of the team whose nans have been knitting, and knitting in their own social groups, so they've been helping as well.

"So it's not just the team, it's the extended family that's been helping as well."

Staff at Hugh James contributed a total of 1,407 hats to Big Knit this year.

The single biggest contribution came from senior paralegal Kay Bedford, who made a whopping 152 hats.

Age Cymru's director of income resources, Richard Nicholls, said: "We'd like to say a very big thank you to the knitters at Hugh James for their continued and enthusiastic support for Age Cymru's Big Knit fundraiser.

"They have pulled out all the stops again this year."

Ms Morgan said the firm's nursing care department had been involved in the Big Knit campaign for the past four years because it supports a cause they're already passionate about.

"We've always been a supporter of Age Cymru," she said. "They are the largest charity in Wales that supports older people and we act for older people so we want to support the work that they're doing as a charity."

Money raised through Big Knit supports Age Cymru's Spread the Warmth campaign, which helps the elderly through the chilly winter months with befriending visits, emergency support, and warm meals and blankets.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 28, 2014
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