A group of friends from Helena Homes, Heald Farm Court extra care scheme in Newton have created 700 poppies to pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country.
The group of 9 ladies have spent the last few months knitting, crocheting and crafting the poppies to create a beautiful cross, displayed on the exterior of the building and poppy table centres in the communal dining room.
On the 7 November, the group unveiled displays of knitted poppies in their community at a special event at Heald Farm Court, the cross will welcome visitors throughout November.
The event was attended by ex-army serviceman, Paul Pennington, who served in the Lancashire Prince of Wales Volunteers and as a Reservist with the 103 Air Defence Regiment until 1994, commented, “The work the ladies have done is brilliant. When the poppies were unveiled it was a very emotional experience.”
HFC resident, Freda Seddon, added, “It is important to us to remember those who have lost their lives or have been injured in conflicts across the world both in the past and the present.”
The project was funded by HFC resident Jeff and Helena Homes, with the poppy cross installed by Helena’s Green Space Team.
Speaking at the unveiling of the poppies, Helena Health & Wellbeing Officer, Nikki Wilkinson said, “I’m very proud of the hard work of the team, this creative and talented group has created a beautiful display inspired by the poppies at St Georges Hall.”
“The project has also encouraged people to get together, to share skills, create friendships and it is also an opportunity to welcome new residents to the scheme and reduce social isolation.”
The group are already planning their next projects for Christmas and the Golden Jubilee.