Annette aims to raise £10k with crocheted poppies

Annette Wilson with the crocheted poppies.
Annette Wilson with the crocheted poppies.

A Ripon woman is hoping to raise £10,000 for the Royal British Legion by selling special crocheted poppies.

Annette Wilson, who works in sales for Express Group Ltd in the city, was inspired to take up the challenge after coming across the fabric poppies from a Cheshire-based company last year.

She said: “I was posted a crocheted poppy last year by Cath Fearn of Cottage Crafts – who I deal with as a customer at Express group.

“I thought they were wonderful and offered to help this year. Cath raised £5,000 last year for the Royal British Legion and with my help this year we are trying to raise £10,000.

“Our donations are towards the rehabilitation centres to help injured service men and women.”

Annette has enlisted help from her mother –former Ripon Mayoress Gloria Sturdy, Lesley Smithson and many ladies from Holy Trinity Church to make the poppies.

“It has taken off wonderfully up here and I have managed to get many shops, businesses and pubs selling them on my behalf,” said Annette.

So far Annette has sold £725 worth of the poppies with a remaining £1,500 worth for sale in outlets in Ripon and surrounding areas, including: The Water Rat; Black Swan; TJ’s Hair Salon, Studio 6 Nail Salon; Love Hair & Beauty; Argos; Big Bites; Benson’s; Ripon Rugby Club; Stepping Stones Nursery; KinderCare; Bondgate Post Office; Express Group; Oliver’s Pantry; Hand Picked Hall; Lamb Inn, Rainton; and Old Red House in Thirsk.

There is a range of crocheted poppies on sale, starting at £4 each and increasing to £5 for sparkly ones. A hairclip version is also for sale at £3.

As well as being for sale in the UK, the poppies have travelled as far as the USA, Gibraltar and Australia.

Annette said: “Living in Ripon I have been surrounded by Army personnel for many years and, having previously done bar work, I have made lots of friends –serving and ex-serving as well.

“Many of my close friends have served in various countries in war situations and unfortunately have known people to be injured”