Poppy paintings to help raise funds for March Royal British Legion

PUBLISHED: 15:09 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:09 08 November 2017

Michelle Deyna Hayward at Paninis in March. She is selling poppy paintings to help raie funds for the Royal British Legion.

Michelle Deyna Hayward at Paninis in March. She is selling poppy paintings to help raie funds for the Royal British Legion.

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Poppy paintings will be helping to raise funds for the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

Artist Michelle Deyna-Hayward, hopes to raise funds by donating half of the proceeds from sales of her poppy paintings exhibited in Paninis coffee shop in March Town Market Place.

“I came up with the idea of Poppies in Paninis as I have loved the little paper poppy symbol of remembrance since I first held one in my hand as a child,” she said.

“I remember my first sight of a Chelsea pensioner, the clink of the coin donation in his tin and the smell of the hot roast chestnuts on sale nearby, as vividly as it was yesterday.

“I was lucky to be taken to the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph by my gran and everyone had a poppy in their lapel.”

The Royal British Legion poppy is not the only poppy sported however, the Scottish poppy is different in as much as it is a four lobed petal with no green leaf, she added.

“This apparently saves £15,000 in production and goes to the veterans. The Purple Poppy is produced in remembrance of all animals lost, injured or active in wars and latterly the White Poppy is being seen more often as a symbol of peace, anti-war and has been adopted by those who believe the red poppy “glamorises and celebrates” war.

Michelle will be exhibiting her paintings in Paninis, where red traditional poppies are available.

Further poppy commissions or poppy prints will help raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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