Poppy masterpieces help Legion’s charity coffers bloom

TALENTED -- Pauline with her cross-stitch pictures of poppies created to raise money for the Royal British Legion (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan)
TALENTED -- Pauline with her cross-stitch pictures of poppies created to raise money for the Royal British Legion (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan)

A CHARITY-minded Bulwell woman who took up cross-stitch as a hobby three years ago is using her time and talents to help raise vital funds for the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion.

Pauline Copeland, of St Albans Road, showed her support for the Legion by making two cross-stitch poppy pictures and giving them to the branch as the top prize in a charity raffle.

Backed by close friend Lewis Norman, Pauline helped to raise a rewarding sum of £116 for the cause.

Now, with the autumn months upon us, Pauline, who worked as the shop manager for Courtaulds for 13 years as well as running the Cancer Research shop in Arnold for six years, has been busy making more poppy pictures.

Her latest cross-stitch masterpieces will be up for grabs at a poppy day fundraiser which will take place on Remembrance Sunday (November 13).

Pauline, whose father Frederick Hilton was killed in World War Two at the age of 27 while serving in Sicily with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, visited his grave seven years ago in what she described as “a poignant and surreal experience”.

“It wasn’t until I got there that I saw my name on his headstone,” she said. “That moment will live with me forever.

“I’ve always had a high regard for those serving in our armed forces at home and abroad and that’s why I like to play my part by raising funds for causes such as the Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes.”

ANYONE who would like to donate prizes to the charity raffle is asked to get in touch with Pauline on 0115 9161829.

OUR PHOTO shows Pauline with her cross-stitch pictures of poppies created to raise money for the Royal British Legion (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan)