Hayling Island church raises thousands for armed forces charities with 17,000-poppy spectacular

THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised for armed forces charities with a poignant commemoration.

Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 12:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 1:30 pm
Part of the so-called Poppy Cascade at St Peter's Church on Hayling Island
Part of the so-called Poppy Cascade at St Peter's Church on Hayling Island

St Peter's Church, Hayling Island, held a poppy tribute to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One.

Northney Craft and Textiles Group and the University of the Third Age came together with the church to run the fundraiser, in aid of the Royal British Legion and SSAFA.

Reverend Jenny Gaffin has handed over a cheque for £2,000 to the good causes. 

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Rev Jenny Gaffin presenting the cheque to Sheila Proud of the Royal British Legion, with, from left, Dr Coleen Jackson, churchwarden and chair or the organising committee, Karen Cutting, Sue Palmer, Mike and Jill Burnham, Alysson Griffin and Carol Carter.

Bosses at the Royal British Legion said they were ‘amazed’ at the amount that had been collected. 

As previously reported, the display – which comprised 17,000 knitted poppies – was unveiled in October. 

Rev Jenny Gaffin presenting the cheque to Ray Harris from SSAFA along with members of the St Peters Congregation