Rugby nursing home residents’ hand-knit 1,347 poignant poppy tribute

Dawn Hulley, Jenny Redfern and Ros Harding

Residents and staff at a Warwickshire care home have paid a poignant tribute to those who died in service as the country marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.


Willow Tree Nursing Home was decked with a poppy wall, comprised of 1,347 hand-knitted poppies made by the residents, carers, friends and family.


The home, in Rugby’s School Street, commemorated the 100th Armistice Day with an afternoon tea for residents and wartime songs performed by Eleanor Mattley.


The knitted poppy wall took four months to make but activities coordinator Dawn Hulley was delighted with the response from residents, relatives and others.


She said: “Between them they’ve made a wall of knitted poppies and it looks fantastic. Most of the poppies are red but we also have a few purple ones to remember the many thousands of animals, including service horses and dogs, who also died in conflict.


“We started asking people to knit poppies in June and by the end of October we had enough to complete the wall. It really does look amazing and was worth all the hard work.”


Residents were also invited to record details of loved ones who fought in the First or Second World Wars in a memory book which was placed next to the wall.


Two of the home’s residents, Mr Alum Rees who fought on the front line and Mr John Hunt who was in the air force for 10 years, fought in the Second World War.


Willow Tree Nursing Home is part of the Redwood Healthcare Group and is set over an acre of private grounds. The home specialises in caring for elderly patients requiring personal, nursing and dementia care.


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