Collier Row woman oversees knitting of thousands of poppies for Armistice Day
PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:31 24 October 2019
A group of knitters have embarked on a major challenge to create more than 800,000 poppies to remember fallen soldiers.
Ella Rayment from Collier Row has been facilitating the knitting of thousands of poppies for this year's Poppy Drive.
With the help of members from the KECC Knit & Natter Group, she hopes to create a poppy for every fallen soldier during the First World War which will amount to a total of 888,246 poppies.
Ella is the community programme co-ordinator from the housing association, Peabody South East, and she works with the Collier Row Community Group.
She told the Recorder: "The ladies came to me with of a project which sort of snowballed from making a few poppies, to knitting 888,246.
"We've organised knitting days where we get people in from the community together to knit.
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"We've had poppies sent in from as a far as Scotland and Wales."
To date Ella has counted more than 12,000 poppies and has set 50,000 as the group's milestone goal.
Funds raised from the project will go towards the Royal British Legion.
"It's been a really good community project where people have been sharing skills and ideas," said Ella.
"The ladies have knitted characters like tiny soldiers, airmen and French resistance carrier pigeons, which we will put in a display to show all the different types of roles that people had during the war.
"We didn't realise how big a thing it was going to get."
The knitted poppies can be bought for £2 from various locations, including the Sunbathers Tanning Salon in North Street, Romford.
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