Youngster from Oakley, near Eye, crochets hundreds of poppies for the Royal British Legion’s appeal
PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 November 2016
Fleur Simpson could be forgiven if she never wanted to see another poppy again.
The 12-year-old Hartismere School student has spent dozens of hours crocheting hundreds of floral designs for the Royal British Legion’s appeal, raising more than £1,300 for the charity.
But while many youngsters may have grown tired of spending all their spare time intertwining strands of yarn, Fleur is still going strong.
“I really love it,” she said. “I think it’s so amazing that people are willing to donate all that money.”
Fleur first started crocheting with her mother last year. Together they decided to raise funds for the RBL’s appeal after being shown a poppy design by the owner of a yarn shop near their home in Oakley, near Eye.
Having raised more than £450 for the charity last year, Fleur decided to start making and selling her poppies earlier for the 2016 appeal.
She set a target of £100 but smashed that in just a few days and soon found the orders flooding in so fast she could barely keep up with demand.
She said: “We had so many orders coming in my phone was buzzing every five minutes. I spend most of my evenings crocheting and whenever we go on a journey in the car I do it then too.”
Fleur has made around 250 poppies and has made her way through six balls of yarn. When combined with her total from last year and Gift Aid, she has raised more than £2,000 for the charity.
Her parents, Emily and Jeremy Simpson say they are “incredibly proud” of their daughter’s work.
“I think it’s just amazing that she is prepared to give up her time and energy to support those less fortunate than herself,” said Mrs Simpson.
“We’ve been overwhelmed about how supportive people have been. Her school has been very helpful.”
Although Fleur has stopped taking orders for new poppies, people are still invited to donate to her page.
She also has her sights on a daffodil design, which is the symbol for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Fleur added: “Anything to do with cancer is really close to my heart because my grandma had it before I was born and she is the best.”
To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fleurscrochetpoppies