Knitted poppies boost charity funds

St Helens Star: Andy Reid Andy Reid

NIMBLE-FINGERED fundraisers have handed over £1,340 to war veteran Andy Reid after knitting hundreds of bright red woollen poppies.

St Helens Soroptimist Club sold the poppies to friends and relatives to provide another huge financial boost to the Royal British Legion.

The cheque was presented to Keith Harrison, regional chair for the British Legion based in St Helens, and former corporal Reid, a triple amputee following the war in Afghanistan.

Andy thanked the ladies of the soroptimist club for their support and gave an account of his time serving in the Army.

This is the fourth year the Soroptimists have raised money to support the Royal British Legion, with the collective total now standing at £6,000 With 2014 being the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the club are keen to gain more volunteer knitters to help meet demand.

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