Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are asking for at least 30,000 poppies to be made and donated for an extra special art installation to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 next year.
We are asking groups and individuals to get involved and make a poppy either crocheted or knitted – the choice is yours – for a unique memorial that will be housed at the main entrance of Blackpool Victoria Hospital. There will also be a display at Clifton Hospital, Lytham St Annes.
We would like anybody and everybody to be involved. Don’t worry if you can’t knit or crochet, we have regular monthly meetings at Blackpool Victoria and Clifton Hospitals, with help on hand and materials provided.
The meetings are held in the Restaurant at Blackpool Victoria, every second Monday of the month and at The Garden Room at Clifton Hospital, every fourth Monday of the month. The sessions run from 11.30am-2.00pm. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
One you have completed your poppies, you can currently drop them at our designated container at the Main Entrance of Blackpool Victoria (from 8.15 am- 4.00pm, Monday to Friday), at the Chaplaincy Department along the main corridor or at Clifton Hospital, Pershore Road, Lytham St Annes. They can also be posted to: Jonathon Sewell, The Chaplaincy, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool FY3 8NR.
We’d also love to hear your stories of why you are getting involved, especially if you had some connection to World War 1 and even better, if you have a connection to someone that was treated at the then Victoria Hospital Blackpool or any of the temporary war hospitals in Blackpool.
You can follow any pattern, but we have two easy patterns below courtesy of Mrs Johnson’s Emporium, Blackpool.
The poppies will also be sold in aid of the British Legion.
We will be updating information regularly, so please check back for more details.