‘Poppy Man’ leads fundraising

NHUD11-3023-1''Poppy sellers pictured dressed as Land Girls at Bulwell's Morrisons Store on Saturday. Pictured are; Louise Jackson, top left. Julie Deaney, botton left, Sandra Rowe-McPherson, top right and Jenny Lovett.
NHUD11-3023-1''Poppy sellers pictured dressed as Land Girls at Bulwell's Morrisons Store on Saturday. Pictured are; Louise Jackson, top left. Julie Deaney, botton left, Sandra Rowe-McPherson, top right and Jenny Lovett.

A SIX-foot sculpture of a man made of poppies was a fitting attraction as part of a fundraising collection in Bulwell ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

The so-called ‘Poppy Man’ was created by Paul Jackson, of St Albans Road, Bulwell, who is a member of the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

He attached 500 poppies — the emblem of the RBL’s annual fundraising Poppy Appeal — to a wire frame to create the eyecatching piece of art.

It made an appearance at the Morrisons store, off Hucknall Lane in Bulwell, last weekend and also featured at the town’s new Tesco superstore on Jennison Street.

Members of the Bulwell RBL held Poppy Appeal collections at the two supermarkets and also Bulwell’s Wilkinson store, as well as other locations around the town, for two weeks in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.

Estimates suggest they will have raised £18,000, which will go towards helping former and serving military personnel and their families.

As part of last Saturday’s event at Morrisons, four younger members of the Bulwell RBL also dressed up as Land Army girls, complete with 1940s costume that they had put together themselves.

The Bulwell RBL has only been going for a year. Secretary Anne Jackson said: “We got a lot of support during the collections. I think the ‘Poppy Man’ helped bring in quite a bit of money.”

n OUR PHOTO shows ‘Land Army girls’ Louise Jackson (top left), Julie Deaney (bottom left), Sandra Rowe-McPherson (top right) and Jenney Lovett getting to know the ‘Poppy Man’ — DISPIC NHUD11-3023-1.