Although Remembrance Day celebrations were slightly different this year, Ellesmere Port-based care home Whitby House ensured residents and staff were able to continue a fundraising tradition. 

With visiting restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, the home on Pooltown Road wasn’t able to receive its usual supply of poppies to sell on behalf of the Royal British Legion. Remembrance and Armistice Day are important occasions for many of our residents and staff. Some served in the armed forces while others have family connections to service personal, so all at the home were determined to continue their fundraising efforts.

Rising to the challenge, Whitby House resident Pauline Butterworth kindly offered to knit poppies to help raise money for the Royal British Legion instead. Pauline raised £25 for the local branch through the sale of her hand-crafted poppies which were snapped up by staff at Whitby House.

Supporting Veterans in the Local Community

Pauline said: “It was a shame that we couldn’t receive our poppies from the British Legion this year, but I wanted to ensure that we could still raise money.”

“I am a keen knitter, so I picked up my knitting needles and ball of wool and started making lots of poppies that the staff could buy. The funds will be donated to our local Royal British Legion branch, which does wonderful work for veterans in our community.”

Whitby House’s manager, Angela Earlam, said; “Remembrance Day is incredibly important to many of our residents, particularly those who are veterans or where family members have served in the Armed Forces. It was a wonderful idea of Pauline’s to knit the poppies and they looked beautiful; the staff couldn’t wait to buy one from her.”

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