During World War One some of the buildings that now house the University of Leicester were put to use as a military hospital. As part of the centenary commemorations we would like to remember those soldiers who lost their lives or suffered life changing injuries in service to their country.
During October 2014 we are asking students, staff and the general public to knit or crochet a poppy that will be displayed at the entrance to the University of Leicester on University Road. Each poppy will have a label attached that can be used to put the creator’s name, a message or dedicate it to someone who was lost or injured during World War One.
During the war 514 deaths were recorded at the Fifth Northern General Hospital, 286 of whom are buried across from the University in Welford Road Cemetery.
You can knit or crochet a poppy at home, get a group together or come into the University of Leicester Student’s Union and learn from an expert (times and dates will be posted here when available).
Once you have knitted or crocheted your poppy please drop it into us at the Main Reception, Fielding Johnson Building, or post it to us:
University of Leicester
Knit a Poppy Project (Charlotte Barratt)
For any enquiries please email Charlotte Barratt firstname.lastname@example.org
We will need to receive all the poppies by 6 November 2014, so that we can put them on sticks and have them in place by 9 November 2014.
We would also encourage participants to make a small donation to the Royal British Legion.