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Sutton Bridge artistic project aims to support the Poppy Appeal

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Two Sutton Bridge women are working together to raise funds for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Nikki Parker and Tracey Priestnall, who is Nikki’s partner’s mum, have put their creative minds together to design face masks and paintings which feature poppies.

They are selling the items in order to raise money for the Poppy Appeal in a year where normal fundraising efforts will be affected by the pandemic.

Tracey Priestnall with an example of her poppy art
Tracey Priestnall with an example of her poppy art

Nikki said: “It’s a really important cause for us as my partner, Jack, has been a part of army life since he was young- his mum’s ex partner was in the army and then he joined the army straight from school too.

“He travelled all over to Germany, Canada and even Kenya, working as a recovery mechanic for nearly ten years - it’s all he has ever known.

“At least by doing this we can help to make some money for the appeal - it’s going to be really difficult for them this year.”

Nikki, who gave birth in the height of lockdown, has been creating face masks for her friends and family while her baby, Eliza, takes a nap.

However, when she saw a painting created by Tracey which featured poppies she had an idea.

Nikki said: “Tracey took up painting during lockdown and she painted a picture of poppies for Jack and he really liked it.

“She said she would paint some more for charity and then I found some poppy fabric and decided to make more masks and sell them to raise more money.”

Nikki has set up a page on Facebook - Sews and Bows of Sutton Bridge - where she is able to sell the homemade items.

Both the cotton face masks and the canvas paintings can be bought for £5 each, with £3.50 from each sale going to the Poppy Appeal.

Nationally, the Royal British Legion, which runs the appeal, has launched a Poppies in the Post initiative in a bid to encourage new volunteers to join the fundraising effort this year, as many people who normally take part are unable to do so.

Anyone interested in getting involved should visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for more information.

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