Knitting news - Jackie’s woolly flowers raise £800 for the Royal British Legion in Wisbech

Jackie leet knits poppies for Royal British Legion, Left: Jackie Leet, Bill Durrant assistant poppy

Jackie leet knits poppies for Royal British Legion, Left: Jackie Leet, Bill Durrant assistant poppy appeal organiser and Jim Wharrier Poppy appeal organiser. - Credit: Archant

The needles clicked for four friends who knitted 800 poppies in six months to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

It is the second year that Jackie Leet decided to knit poppies and because of its success she became swamped with orders and had to rope in three friends to help.

Mrs Leet, of Emneth, said: “I invited my friend Pat to my caravan at Hunstanton and said, come along and have a nice day by the coast, but I cant let you out the van until you’ve knitted 50 poppies for me!

“They are a great bunch of girls, I couldn’t’ have done it without them.

“Last year I made 180 in six weeks but this year the project grew much bigger.”

The knitting supremos were Pat Coley of Stamford, Diane Bardlsey of Wisbech and Jackie Walker of Gorefield.

The team have been knitting since May to get 800 flowers ready.

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They sold for £1 each at Tesco garage in Cromwell Road, JS Holmes garage in Wisbech St Mary and also at the West Norfolk coast at Keelie’s beauticians in Hunstanton and the Salvation Army Hall in Hunstanton.

The money has been presented to the Royal British Legion at Wisbech.