Knitters called upon for poppy appeal

Knitters mark Remembrance Day with woollen poppies (Thinkstock)

With the beginning of autumn many knitters are looking to Christmas gifts and charity projects to keep them busy over the next few months.

But, as well as stepping up your winter knitting, now is a great time to donate some of your time to making woollen poppy badges in time for this year's Remembrance Day.

The Royal British Legion is once again calling on crafty people to pick up their knitting needles and gather some red and black yarn in order to make poppies and raise money for their appeal.

Frank Wood and Sons Funeral Directors in Prince George Street, Skegness, and Farrars Wool Shop in Roman Bank have chosen to team up with the charity for another year in order to relaunch the appeal and get as many people as they can knitting woollen poppies, Skegness Standard reports.

Gaynor Farrar who works at the wool shop explained to the newspaper: "The appeal went so well last year, better than we could have imagined, and we already have 300 poppies that have been knitted but we need lots more to sell to raise money for the appeal."

Last year's appeal managed to raise an impressive £742.34, however everyone involved is hoping that they can gather even more funds for the charity this time around.

Patterns can be picked up from the businesses and the finished items can also be bought there should you wish to wear a different kind of poppy brooch while helping support this worthy cause.

Commenting on the appeal, Stuart Chambers, funeral director at Frank Wood and Sons, told the publication: "We still need poppies so we can sell them and raise as much money as possible for such an important cause."

All poppies can be purchased for £1, and you can either donate them to the business to help the project or get in touch with the charity to find out more about setting up your own knitted poppy appeal.

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