Blackpool Victoria Hospital seeks 30,000 knitted Poppies for 2018

Blackpool Victoria Hospital Chaplaincy Department is calling on members of the public, staff, patients and volunteers to get knitting or crocheting Red Poppies for Remembrance Week, 2018.

Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust hopes to receive at least 30,000 handmade poppies which will be used for an innovative art installation at the hospital to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One next year.

Trust Chaplain, Rev Jonathan Sewell, said: “This project is an ambitious one but it has already received a great deal of interest from local voluntary groups.

“We really want to mark the centenary in a special way at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and would love to hear from as many people as possible. There are a number of ways to get the patterns from the internet but we really want people to be artistic, creative and inspired so will be happy to receive any patterns.’’

You can help with this event in the following ways:

  • Knit poppies yourself using any of the patterns widely available or take a copy of a pattern and information on where to get materials from the main entrance reception at Blackpool Victoria Hospital or Clifton Hospital or the Chaplaincy Team.
  • Participate in a knitting circle by providing your contact details to the main reception or the Chaplaincy team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
  • Donate wool for this project to the main entrance at Blackpool Victoria or Clifton hospitals or the Chaplaincy Team.

The poppy patterns (to crochet and knit) are available free of charge on www.TheKnittingNetwork.co.uk/poppy

Participants (or their families/carers) need to enter the code POPPY at the checkout to download a pdf of the free patterns to print themselves.

For further information please contact Rev Sewell, on Tel 01254 953876 or e-mail Jonathan.sewell@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk