Knitters and crocheters make poppies to mark centenary of the end of First World War

Tutors Ginette Ward and Debra Smith with the donated poppies'#TheGreatBTHKnit, launched last year, aims to receive handmade poppies for a unique art installation to mark the World War 1 Centenary.
Tutors Ginette Ward and Debra Smith with the donated poppies'#TheGreatBTHKnit, launched last year, aims to receive handmade poppies for a unique art installation to mark the World War 1 Centenary.
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A milestone of 5,000 knitted poppies has been reached for a special commem-orative project.

The Great BTH Knit aims to create handmade poppies for a unique art installation to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Knitters and crocheters from around the region have been making poppies, not only for the art display to be housed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but to also raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Knitting tutor Ginette Ward said: “We have been hosting monthly Knit and Natter groups at both Blackpool Victoria and Clifton Hospitals and so many people have got on board. It’s fantastic we have reached the 5,000 mark and our next target is 10,000. Anyone is welcome to join us; we can teach you how to knit and crochet, but also welcome anyone to come for a chat and company.”

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust aims to receive 30,000 poppies, with the installation open to view from late October.

Nigel Fort, associate director of facilities, said: “We decided to mark the centenary as many of our family members fought or were killed in conflict.

“The installation will be an amazing tribute and will incorporate the poppies our volunteers have made.”

To mark reaching 5,000, the group at The Vic was treated to special cakes. The Great BTH Knit and Natter groups are run by UNISON, with sessions every second Monday at The Vic and fourth Monday at Clifton Hospital, 11.30am until 2pm. To sponsor a poppy in memory of a loved one, see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/blackpool-teaching-hospitals

Royal British Legion poppy making kits are available at the main reception and volunteer shop at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Email nigel.fort@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreatBTHKnit.