A knitting group creates over 150 poppies for veterans’ charity FirstLight Trust in Lancaster

The Knit and Natter group that meets every Tuesday has made over 150 knitted poppies and five separate wreaths.

These will be sold to support the FirstLight Trust at their Lancaster coffee center in Market Street and their other regional centres.

James Cook, the national hub coordinator for FirstLight Trust, collected the poppies and wreaths with Lara McDonnell from the Trust’s Lancaster hub.

Poppy pride: The proud knitters show off their work to Lara McDonnell, center back row, of FirstLight Trust. Photo: Ken Bennett

He said: “We really appreciate the effort and time the knitting group put into creating these lovely poppies and wreaths. It’s an incredible gift.

“They caused a stir at the hub – we could have sold a handful of crowns as soon as we got back.”

Mr Cook said FirstLight Trust was working to provide a safe path to independence for those who have left the armed forces and emergency services.

FirstLight offers this through one-on-one introduction to their services through five regional community centers.

Crown of Pride: The knitters pictured with FirstLight Trust’s Lara McDonnell, center back row. Photo by Ken Bennett.

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He added: “The centers provide a safe space where people in need can get to know our staff in a safe environment and, as trust grows, gradually get more personalized and in-depth support that will help them recover. and will empower them to live a life of purpose once again.

“We can only continue this work with the support of the local community in which we work, and the time and dedication of our supporters and core teams.

“We are extremely grateful to knitting group Knott End who have created over 100 beautiful poppies which we will be selling from hubs.

A specially designed crown. Photo by Ken Bennett.

“All money raised from this incredibly kind donation will go directly to support veterans in the local community where they are being sold.”

Anne Ingham, of the Knit and Natter group which meets at Knott End Library, said: “We love supporting charities, but as a group we support each other and are always there for each other, in the good as in bad.

“We love helping the local community and have made clothes and blankets for premature babies which have been donated to local hospitals.

“We have also made poppies for the British Legion, forget-me-nots and muffs for people with dementia, and hats and scarves for fishermen.”

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