The project will see an impressive display of knitted and crocheted poppies in Mansfield town centre to commemorate those who lost their lives during the war for Remembrance Day, and to raise money for The Royal British Legion.
So far approximately 1000 woollen poppies have been donated with more yet to be delivered to the Civic Centre. Each poppy can be sponsored by the public and attached to netting at events on Mansfield Market Place in October. All sponsorship money raised will go to The Royal British Legion to provide lifelong support for members of the Armed Forces community.
The poppies will then be on display along part of the parade route during the week leading up to the Remembrance Day parade on Sunday 12 November.
The Mayor, who can crochet and knit, was delighted to get involved in the project. She said: “This is a fantastic project that will really bring the community together. When the display is up, people should come from all over to see it and enjoy what the town has to offer at the same time.
“We want to receive another 1000 poppies by the end of September so if you haven’t started yet, start now! Every poppy made can be sponsored by a member of the public so we have the opportunity to help the Legion raise a lot of money.”
Sophia Snell, Community Fundraising Manager for the region, said: “We are thrilled that the community in Mansfield is coming together to raise much-needed funds for the Legion. The woollen poppies are absolutely stunning and we are grateful for the support given to us.”
If you’d like to get involved, you can find knitting and crochet patterns online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/poppyparade. Poppies can be delivered to the Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield marked for the attention of the Marketing Communications team. The council will be collecting poppies until the end of September so there’s plenty of time to get involved.
Groups and individuals are urged to get in touch with the council to let organisers know about your involvement so progress can be promoted. Photos can be shared on the council’s Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/mymansfielduk, or can be sent to the Events team via email@example.com where you can also request more information.