First landmark reached in poppy campaign

Poppies Published Tuesday, 25th September 2018

The Hive has surpassed the 1,000 crafted poppies mark this week with more coming in every day as it bids to reach its goal of 10,000.

Keen knitters and crocheters across Worcestershire have been busy with their needles and hooks crafting poppies for the intended display at The Hive, Worcester, to commemorate the end of World War One.
The people of Worcestershire are being called to action to help reach this goal, one poppy for every service man and woman who lost their life in the First World War. Since the call went out the poppies have been pouring in.

Laura Worsfold, Business Development Manager at The Hive, said: "The response we have had so far from the public has been amazing. Every day I get to work to find more poppies waiting for me. We originally thought they would all be knitted but as time has gone on we've discovered more and more people are crocheting theirs which is great.

"We don’t have a set-in-stone design for the poppies and as such we have seen them coming in all shapes and sizes. This is exactly what we wanted, each person who lost their life in the war was an individual and so are the poppies that commemorate them." 

Verity Cox, poppy contributor, said: "I was motivated to make the poppies after hearing the appeal on the radio a couple of weeks ago.

"I have knitted and crocheted since I was a child and this was one of many projects I have ongoing at this time.

"I very much hope you meet your 10,000 target which is the same number of Worcestershire soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War."

There is still time to craft and send in poppies to be included in the display in November at The Hive. People can either drop the poppies into The Hive itself or to their local library who will send them on.

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