Well done to our amazing 98-year-old customer Beatrice who’s been raising money for the Royal British Legion at our Worcester store today by selling hundreds of woollen poppies she’s knitted over the past year.
Beatrice Furlong (pictured above left with customer Margaret Farrow) and her daughter Mal, 69, drew quite a crowd as customers chatted to them in the store’s foyer and bought the handmade poppies for £2 each.
Beatrice’s late husband Vincent fought in the Second World War, and her grandson Nicholas also served in the Armed Forces and was involved in the Gulf War.
Beatrice – who’s been doing tireless work for the local community for decades – said: "People have been coming up to us to say “well done” and buy poppies.
“It’s been lovely. As a family we’ve seen a lot of distress due to wars and we mustn’t forget.”
Our Worcester store’s Community Champion John Horsley was on hand to help Beatrice and Mal today (John pictured below with Beatrice).
He said: "Beatrice and her husband got the community together many years ago to raise funds to build a new community centre.
“Beatrice and Mal are just unbelievable, they work non-stop for the community. Mal found out there wasn’t going to be a fireworks display this year so organised one. Lots of people in this area are not that well off so what they do is great.”
Mal buys the red, green and black wool for the poppies and helps Beatrice sew them together.
They hope to raise more than £1,000 for the Royal British Legion by selling the poppies. It’s the third year they have sold them for the charity, which provides lifelong support for people in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
“Making the poppies keeps my mum occupied, her mind alert and her hands supple. She’s been knitting poppies for three years. The first year she raised £400, last year we raised £600 and this year we’re hoping to get more than £1,000.”
John, who set up a table for Beatrice and Mal in the foyer (above), said: "They attracted a lot of attention straight away – in fact people wanted to buy poppies even before they had properly set their table up!
“They had a little crowd of customers around them. It’s a lovely thing to do to raise money.”