Poppy-wearing pupils raise £500 for Legion appeal

POPPY CHEQUE: Deputy subject leader, Kate Brown and deputy headteacher Maria Burns with Year 12 pupils from St Anthony's school Sarah Richardson (front) and Rachael Stoker (back second right) presenting Rachel Hardwick, from the Royal British Legion, with money raised from selling handmade poppies.
POPPY CHEQUE: Deputy subject leader, Kate Brown and deputy headteacher Maria Burns with Year 12 pupils from St Anthony's school Sarah Richardson (front) and Rachael Stoker (back second right) presenting Rachel Hardwick, from the Royal British Legion, with money raised from selling handmade poppies.
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PUPILS who wore their poppies with pride have helped to raise hundreds of pounds for a good cause.

St Anthony’s School girls presented a cheque to the Royal British Legion for more than £500 after selling hundreds of hand-made poppy brooches.

The felt flowers were the brainchild of design and technology teacher Kate Brown whose idea to create a few poppies soon blossomed.

She said: “It began as something the girls could make which would generate money for a good cause, but there was so much demand that it really snowballed.

“I could have started making them in the summer and still be selling them now, they were so popular.”

Rachel Hardwick from the Royal British Legion came into the Ashbrooke school to collect the funds and talk to Year 12 about the work of the legion, which supports serving and ex-forces personnel.

Kate added: “She spoke to the girls about remembrance and camaraderie, they were absolutely mesmerised. It really helped them to understand the meaning behind the symbol of the poppy.”