Crochet fan Beryl, 79, hooked on fundraising


NOT many people would still be raising money for charity at the age of 79 – but Beryl Lupton is no ordinary pensioner.

Beryl, of Angell Green in Clifton, has been keeping her arthritis at bay by crocheting hundreds of poppies in aid of the Royal British Legion.

The inspiration behind her fundraising is a dear friend Cyril Young, a former Royal Marine who passed away last year.

Beryl has already raised £160 for the Clifton branch of the RBL this year, selling the poppies for £1 a time.

It takes her just 20 minutes to make each poppy.

The great-grandmother said: “I was making the poppies before Cyril passed away and he loved them.

“When he died I decided I’d carry on making them. Cyril was one in a million and I know he’d be very proud, especially as the money is going to such a good cause. The Legion were really good to him before he died.

“The poppies are my own design and I buy all the material myself.

“I’ve been blown away by how many people have been buying them and how generous people have been.”

Clifton North councillor Roger Steel spent £100 of his ward allowance on buying 100 poppies, donating them back to the RBL to be re-sold.

He said: “It’s absolutely marvellous that she’s involved in raising funds for the Legion, especially as she purchases all the materials herself.”

Mick Parlby, vice-president of Clifton’s Royal British Legion, said: “Beryl’s doing a brilliant job. I suspect she’ll carry on crocheting until she’s supplied the entire population of Great Britain!”

Source: Nottingham Post

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