Sunday, 9 November 2014

Poppies for Remembrance

Since the beginning of September, the Crafting for Health and Wellbeing group have been making poppies to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  A fundraising manager, from the Royal British Legion, came to visit us and told us all about how the funds raised would be spent and left us a collection tin.
We made our poppies in three different ways - from newspaper...

 From fabric...

 And a few were knitted and crocheted...

We left our poppies with the staff, who kindly offered to help with our fundraising, at Belgrave Hall, around the corner from our studio, when they were open for the 'Heritage Open weekend'.  We invited visitors to take a poppy in return for a donation to the appeal.  We also left them out in reception at Cross Corners Community Arts Centre where our group is based.  

The poppy making effect rippled out beyond our group with participants and volunteers taking our templates to other groups they support, inspiring more poppy making and fundraising.  The donation tin feels rather heavy.  I estimate that we have, at least, £50, if not more, towards the Poppy Appeal. 

It's really good for the wellbeing of all of us to be creative, connect with others, and give to others, which all contributes to the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing'.  


UPDATE: We raised £81.87 from donations for the poppies we made!

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