Housewife knits thousands of poppies for charity

A keen knitter is helping people wear their poppy with pride. Mother-of-three Linda Evans has started knitting poppies for those struggling to keep hold of their paper versions.

The 60-year-old, from Bilston, has already finished around 1,400 flowers and hopes to reach 2,000 in the next few weeks and is turning out an impressive 20 a day in a bid to reach her target. She is selling them via friends and family as well as the Eye Opticians in Bilston High Street and is asking for a minimum donation of £1 with money going towards the Royal British Legion.

She said: “It all started by accident when I was going to the theatre with my aunt when her poppy fell apart and she said ‘what am I going to do now’. I knitted one for her and where ever she went people commented on it.”

The volunteer worker started knitting them last year and raised £1,300.