Fundraising aids North Staffordshire’s veterans and families

The Poppy Garden of Silverdale, unveiled as part of the 2018 Remembrance Day service at St Luke’s Church in Silverdale, was a significant art installation funded by Realise charity. It was a collaborative project between the community of Silverdale, Realise charity and The Royal British Legion created to preserve the sacrifice made by 123 soldiers from Silverdale who lost their lives in the First World War.

Annmarie Jones, Community Fundraiser at The Royal British Legion in Staffordshire said: “The Poppy Garden in Silverdale is a beautiful permanent art installation which will ensure the sacrifice of the local men that lost their lives during WW1 will never be forgotten”.

123 steel poppies were handmade by local apprentices and engineers from PM Training, each poppy, representing one of the lives lost by Silverdale soldiers in World War One. The project helped young people learn new fabrication skills and understand the historical significance of their work.

Will Nixon, trustee of the Realise charity, said: “One hundred years ago the First World War ended and the world we live in today was shaped forever.

“The poppy garden is a wonderful project for local people to remember those we lost and give a little back to thank those who served.”

Annmarie continues: “The First World War affected the entire generation of that time and it is incredibly touching that these poppies will remain here for many years to come and ensure that the local community keeps these people in their minds and hearts”.

Members of the local community and businesses came together to raise £400 to support the project with proceeds going towards The British Royal Legion. The money raised will be able to provide assistance in many ways – from helping to pay for a much-needed break for a family or isolated older person; to providing assistance via the British Legion’s Handy Van service; financial assistance and advice for those in need or helping a veteran find a new job.

The Poppy Appeal in North Staffordshire has grown from strength to strength in recent years with over £700,000 being raised during the latest Appeal.  The money raised through the Appeal goes directly to The Royal British Legion’s work providing through life support to anyone who is currently serving in the British Armed Forces or who have previously served and their families.

James Burton, Head of Business Development at PM Training said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to work with The Royal British Legion on a project which touches the hearts and minds of Staffordshire.”