Sheffield Memory Service remembers the fallen with poppy cascade

19th November 2018

More than 2,000 individually crocheted and knitted poppies have been donated by staff, service users and carers from across Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The cascade was put together by the Sheffield Memory Service to commemorate the fallen of the First World War, with many of its service users contributing poppies.

Volunteers have been working hard on the poppies since July.

Once completed, the cascade was displayed at the Memory Service before moving to St Nicholas’ Church in High Bradfield on Friday 09 November and installed as part of their WW1 100 Years Remembrance event.

Susan Burns, Team Manager at the Memory Service, said that she was humbled by the experience.

"The idea for the cascade started back in July and was originally just intended for service users, carers and staff within the Memory Service.

"However, as I spoke to more people about it, I realised that there was a real interest in the project throughout the Trust and local community.

"Word got out and poppies were coming from all over.

"It has been heartwarming receiving poppies from service users who have put so much effort into them. I had a photo of a lady’s mum who hadn’t knitted in years with a pile of poppies on her knee; I have had a service user who made a special journey to bring in seven as she didn’t want to miss the deadline.

"The variation in colours made the cascade such a wonderful thing. We were asked often if people could buy a poppy to wear so we are thinking what we might be able to do to raise money with the poppies next year.

"All in all it has been a wonderful project which has brought people together, and has shown the pride the community feel in this cause."

The Sheffield Memory Service provides assessment, diagnosis and care for those living with dementia. Located at the Longley Centre, the Service currently supports nearly 4,000 people and is accredited as ‘Excellent’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It also has the second-highest diagnostic rate in the country.

To find out more about the support offered by the Memory Service, visit shsc.nhs.uk/service/memory-service/.