Suppliers paint giant poppy on turf to support Royal British Legion fundraising

Vitax staff have painted a giant poppy on turf to help launch a Royal British Legion `Live On` regional remembrance appeal.

The turf poppy in progress
The turf poppy in progress

The 45m x 35m design, painted in Vitax’s own red, green and black Stadia Colours linemarking paints on one of the football pitches at Rothwell Juniors FC in Leeds took two days to complete.

Vitax Supaturf northern technical manager Graham Wingfield, who led the project, said: "This is very much a labour of love for us and is our way of doing our bit for the poppy appeal.

"The poppy we painted on to a playing field in St Ives, Cambridge, last year, caused plenty of local interest and we hope our Rothwell Juniors tour de force does the same for the Royal British Legion this time."

"Year on year, our aim is to create the largest poppy of its kind around the country to continue a tradition of supporting what is such a worthy cause."

"I’m proud to be a part of this year’s poppy appeal and sincerely hope that it is a bumper fundraising effort."

Royal British Legion regional organiser Debbie Westlake, called it "a magnificent effort in aid of our appeal"

"It forms a powerful focus for the young people who play football here regularly and strengthens the bond of remembrance between them and those who fell in conflict," she said, saying she hoped it would help local fundraisers beat last year’s £18,000 in donations in the Rothwell area.

Last £1.06 million was raised for the campaign in West Yorkshire alone. Visit to make a donation. 

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