A RESIDENT at a care home in Melksham has embarked on a heartwarming mission to support the Royal British Legion ahead of Remembrance Day.
Audrey Fletcher, a resident of Blenheim House, knitted 50 poppies by hand as a symbol of remembrance and gratitude.
“The poppies have been crafted from donated wool, provided by a generous local donor, whose late mother’s unused supplies found a new purpose in Audrey’s skilled hands,” said Clare Hodges, general manager of Blenheim House.
Audrey is originally from Atworth but spent part of her life in London where she worked in a jeweller. Before moving to Blenheim House, Audrey lived in a bungalow built by her husband on her father’s land.
“She has a longstanding history of crafting items of clothing for family, friends and even fellow residents and staff at Blenheim House,” added Clare. “Her knitting has often brought comfort and joy to those within the Blenheim community.
“Recognising Audrey’s enthusiasm and desire to keep busy, the Blenheim House events team approached her with a unique challenge – to create these commemorative poppies for a charitable cause. Audrey jumped at the chance and dedicated countless hours each night before bed to complete them with plenty of time before Remembrance Day.
“The knitting was a family affair as Susan, her only daughter, helped sew the pins onto the back and buttons on the front.”
The funds generated from the sale of these poppies will be donated to the Royal British Legion, an organisation committed to supporting British Armed Forces veterans and their families.
“The response to Audrey’s hand-knitted poppies has been nothing short of astounding,” said Clare. “They are currently flying off the shelves. We are truly inspired by Audrey Fletcher’s dedication and the beautiful poppies she has knitted.
“Her act of kindness embodies the spirit of giving that we cherish at Blenheim House Care Home. We are honoured to support her efforts and are proud to have her as a part of our Blenheim family.”