Salvation Army Portsmouth knits poppies for Remembrance Day

published on 10 Nov 2023

Volunteer knitters, from The Salvation Army’s Craft and Friendship Group in Portsmouth have crocheted 75 poppies to make into wreaths for various Barratt Homes Remembrance Day as a ‘thank you’ their £1,000 donation to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy and Food Appeal.

The Appeal provides toys and food hampers to struggling families in Portsmouth who would otherwise go without this Christmas.

Rob Warburton, Community Centre Manager, said they were only too pleased to help. “It’s a great idea and it’s exactly the sort of thing the ladies in this group love to do,” he said. 

“As a Church and Community Centre, we run lots of different activities, providing opportunity for people to get together and to meet new people and make friends. The group loves to do things that will make a difference, so when we heard Barratt were looking for people to knit some poppies, we saw it as our contribution towards a fitting mark of respect for Remembrance Day.”

Two volunteers and two Salvation Army Officers are stood in a row presenting knitted red poppies
In total 75 poppies were knitted

Barratt Homes' Southampton division, will be marking Remembrance Day this year with visits to memorial hotspots to lay wreaths in memory of those who have served and to pay their respects.

This Remembrance Sunday The Salvation Army across the country will be holding a Sunday service in time for the moment of silence at 11am. The service will be open to everyone in the community and events take place on Remembrance Day this Saturday at your local Church. The Salvation Army will once again join church leaders, politicians, foreign leaders, and war veterans at the Cenotaph in on Sunday 12 November.

And as in previous years, Territorial Commander Antony Cotterill will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, as part of the National Service of Remembrance in memory all who lost their lives in conflict.

For more information about The Salvation Army Haven Community Centre in Portsmouth, visit Portsmouth Citadel | The Salvation Army

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