Hundreds of knitted poppies were used in “incredible” displays at various hospitals to honor those who served and sacrificed their lives in the armed forces.
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust decorated the inside and outside of its hospitals with more than 400 knitted and crocheted tributes, including wreaths, with people across the country, as well as staff, taking their needles to contribute.
James Blythe, chief executive of the NHS Trust at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals, said: ‘This display is just one of the ways we wanted to show our support for the armed forces community and remember those who served and sadly lost their lives.
“We can count some of our staff as veterans, and of course many of our patients and visitors will also have served or know someone who has, so this is something that is really close to our hearts. “
The Trust has also been accredited to be ‘veterans aware’ – with efforts including securing interviews for candidates applying for jobs who are either veterans or serving personnel.
This year marks the second year the Trust has created a poppy display, with the knitted creations to be kept for use in future displays, after the Remembrance period – which Epsom and St Helier hospitals will honor through of an Armistice Day service.
Remembrance Day falls on November 11 and honors members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty.
Jo Brittan, head of patient experience at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, added that it was so “encouraging” to see support for the cause.
“The display really looks amazing, so a big thank you to everyone who took the time to get creative and send in their poppies.”