Emerald Lodge Remembrance poppies

In the run up to Remembrance Sunday staff and patients at Emerald Lodge in Bentley, Doncaster have been making poppies to show their respect for those who have fought for this country.

Hayley Smith, Assistant Occupational Therapist and Charlotte Dancocks, who uses the services of Emerald Lodge, decided to create the colourful flowers after a colleague suggested they make them for Remembrance Sunday.

Between them they have made a hundred poppies which are on display at the entrance to the unit.

Hayley said: “We have both enjoyed making the poppies. It has taken us a while to do but well worth the effort when you see the full effect of the display. Creating things and getting involved in crafts is incredibly therapeutic and gives a sense of achievement and boosts your mental wellbeing.”

Each poppy has been lovingly made from recycled plastic bottles which were shaped into flower petals and painted red. The bottle lids were used for the center of the poppies.

Emerald Lodge provides inpatient rehabilitation and recovery services for people with a mental health illness.


(left to right): Charlotte Dancocks and Hayley Smith, Occupational Therapy Assistant