Knitted poppies raise cash for Remembrance Day
NIFTY knitters have brought a fashionable new look to this year's Poppy Appeal.
Every autumn, Remembrance Day poppies are the must-have accessory on every lapel.
This year, a new version is taking North East Lincolnshire by storm – big red knitted poppies.
Denise Rudd, Kettle's Funeral Directors administrator, said the wooly poppies have been "selling like hot cakes" since they introduced them.
She said: "The older ladies love them but they have also been really popular with young people because I think knitted goods, and knitting itself, have come back into fashion.
"Young people may not think that it is important but it's not just about the two world wars – people are still abroad, fighting for our country, today."
Julie Bramley, a nursing assistant at the renal unit at Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital, said their stock sold out in one day, raising £64.50.
She said: "I couldn't believe how quickly they went and now some of the patients are knitting them, too."
About 120,000 poppies are sold in the Grimsby area each year for the Poppy Appeal.
Last year, a magnificent total of £45,000 was raised for The Royal British Legion in support of ex-servicemen and their families, and those injured in present-day conflicts.
Much of the money raise goes toward providing treatment and care in rehabilitation centres.
The 2012 appeal was officially being launched this morning in Freshney Place by the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Mike Burton.
Poppy Appeal organiser Gail Davy said: "Every year, people give more and more. It is about £2,000 more each year, which is a miracle in these times. I do not know where it comes from.
"People in this area are very generous and caring. We might be in a town which has problems but when it counts we are generous and caring. We look after our own properly.
"We would urge people to give generously. We have to keep on supporting those who have been injured.
"They are getting horrific injuries with these IEDs. And it happens daily, even though it is not front page news all the time."
Gail has spearheaded the campaign in Grimsby for 32 years, along with her late husband, Ted, during the past ten years until he died in September last year.
Buy a poppy
If you would like a knitted poppy or the pattern so that you can knit one yourself, visit Kettle's in Granville Street, Grimsby, or call Denise on 01472 355395.
About 30 volunteers are manning the Poppy Appeal's stall in Freshney Place until Saturday, November 10. To get involved, contact Gail at the Royal British Legion Centre, in Cartergate, Grimsby.