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Selby Vicar Urges People to Wear Bobble Hats for Elderly


2:38pm 6th February 2013

The vicar of St Wilfrid's Church, Brayton, near Selby will be encouraging his congregation to wear their best bobble hats to church on Sunday 10th February to raise money for Age UK. The Revd Pete Watson, vicar of St Wilfrid's is supporting Age UK’s Bobble Day, which raises money to prevent older people dying of cold.

Pete said, “This winter as many as 25,000 older people could die needlessly because of the cold - that's around 200 preventable deaths a day. Winter has a devastating impact on many older people, and that’s why we’re supporting Age UK’s Bobble Day. We hope lots of people in church will be wearing their bobble hats, and I’ll be wearing a stole with bobbles on it, which I and my daughters Meg, Evie and Molly have made.

“Bobble Day is all about doing something warm to raise money for older people and I’d like to encourage everyone to get involved. It can be as straightforward or as creative as you want to make it – the only rules are make it warm, raise money and have fun! Bobble Day will be on Friday 8th February, but we wanted to mark this as a church so we’re doing something on Sunday 10th as well. It’s so important to look after the more vulnerable people in our communities. It’s a disgrace that older people can needlessly die of the cold in this day and age – we need to do something to help.”

This isn’t the first time Pete has worn something unusual to church – last November the vicar led a service in pyjamas and dog collar raise money for Children in Need, as part of Blue Peter's Go Pajamas! Appeal. He said, “I think my daughters are getting used to me being embarrassing! But they and the rest of the church are so keen to raise money for these good causes that they’ll join in too.”

To find out more about Age UK’s Bobble Day, visit

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