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

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

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

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. 

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.