St John’s Chapel Poppy Creations
1526. Venita Pattinson
Venita Pattinson, from Bishop Auckland, created the St. John’s Chapel Remembrance event with over 5,000 poppies knitted by her and her team of volunteers to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
In spite of lockdown, Venita brought together knitters in her community, many of whom have been shielding, to create poppies at home for a public display marking Remembrance and provide a project that can help their mental health in the process. The group have also recycled 1,600 plastic bottle tops to make 255 poppies for a memorial garden, each remembering an individual from their community of Weardale who died in the First or Second World Wars.