Essex: Laura Bragg’s knitted version of the poppy supports Royal British Legion Appeal

Laura Bragg, whose Knitted Poppy Appeal raises funds for the Royal British Legion

Laura Bragg, whose Knitted Poppy Appeal raises funds for the Royal British Legion - Credit: Archant

In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, one woman from Essex has developed her own unique supply of knitted poppies to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

Laura Bragg from Halstead is a freelance artist and, in her own words, a “mad knitter”. Her Knitted Poppy Appeal 2013 hopes to build on her success last year when she first started to knit the red flowers for the RBL and raised £1,255.

“I make bouquets and knitted flowers and then somebody asked if I could knit a flower for a brooch, I was also knitting up poppies for the bouquets and flowers, and I thought I could make them and send them to the legion,” said Laura. “It’s a charity that everybody can relate to in some way, it’s a common cause.”

The response to her knitted poppies has been “amazing” with orders coming from all over the UK, Ireland, and even one from Iceland.

In order to meet the demand for the poppies Laura has had to enlist the help of other knitters including people in housing associations and WIs. Having begun preparing for this year’s appeal in early August she has now recruited 50 other knitters to help.

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Now that Remembrance Sunday is almost upon us Laura is busier than ever. When she is off work she knits 15 poppies a day, with each one taking 40 minutes.

You can support the Knitted Poppy Appeal at or contact Laura at

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