POPPY KNITTER: Phyllis Ramage Pic: Edgware Times Series
KNITTING ENTHUSIAST Phyllis Ramage has found a unique way to support this year’s poppy appeal.
The 44-year-old uses yarn and a needle to finely crochet woollen poppies to sell in aid of the Royal British Legion (RBL), which organises the annual fundraising poppy appeal and Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day, held to honour surviving war heroes and pay tribute to those killed in action, is being marked on November 11.
Ramage said that the poppies came about after she became “cheesed-off” with the original paper poppy design.
Ramage told the Edgware Times Series: “It was so flimsy. I wanted something more permanent that would last longer and so I decided to design my own.”
She said creating the poppies was not just a hobby.
“My mother-in-law was a nurse in the Second World War and my father-in-law was a captain, so the RBL is something that’s quite close to home,” she said.
The mother-of-two sells her homemade poppies to colleagues and friends and on the shopping website, eBay.
Her daughters Joy Mutua, 22, and Georgina Ramage, 14, assist her with creating the poppies that are made from silver and plain wool and sell for £2.50 and £3.50.
Once knitted to perfection and distributed to happy customers, Ramage donates 100 per cent of the proceeds to RBL for its annual poppy appeal.
The Appeal is the Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign that runs every year to raise money in support of RBL’s welfare work for the Armed Forces community.
Keen to get everyone to support the cause, Ramage said: “I’m hoping that once one person is seen wearing one, others will want one as well.”
The RBL launched its annual appeal on October 24 with a free concert in Trafalgar Square, London, led by singers Alesha Dixon and Pixie Lott. The singers are the faces of the 2012 appeal.
The charity hopes to raise £42 million to help servicemen, women and families. It successfully raised £40 million last year.