RESIDENTS and staff at a Wirral care home have knitted 1,800 poppies to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One.

Starting in March, those living at the Hazelwell in Heswall have spent a total of around 450 hours – or more than 18 days - knitting around 1,800 poppies with it taking an average of 15 minutes to knit each poppy. Friends and family have also taken part in the project.

Brenda Newey, the care home's activities assistant, who came up with the idea as a positive way to honour this year’s special Armistice Day after speaking with residents at the home.

The woollen poppies have been attached together on chicken wire in a striking structure which will be displayed at the front of the care home.

The home is inviting the local community to join residents and visitors for the grand unveiling in a special event tomorrow (Thursday, November 8) from 2-4pm.

There will be some light refreshments and music, as well as fundraising with all proceeds raised going to the Royal British Legion.

Brenda from West Kirby, said: “I came up with the idea after speaking to residents about World War One.

"Many of them were brought up in the aftermath of the war and grew up hearing stories of war told by their parents, so they felt a real need to commemorate it in some way.

"I had a nutty moment and thought 'why don't we try and knit as many poppies as we can'.

"It has been a fantastic way of bringing the community together to pay their respects to those that have fallen.

"Residents, family members, friends, staff, just about everyone has been involved in knitting a poppy of some sort.

"Our residents have thoroughly enjoyed working on the project."