Glass poppies auctioned in aid of veterans

Laura Hart from Cavendish, with some of her glass orchid designs. ENGANL00120120724141606
Laura Hart from Cavendish, with some of her glass orchid designs. ENGANL00120120724141606

An artist has donated her specially-designed commemorative art work to raise funds for a military charity in memory of the centenary since the start of the First World War.

Glass artist Laura Hart of Cavendish is giving three special-edition handmade Flanders glass poppies to the Royal British Legion (RBL) to be auctioned off.

All funds raised on the special editions will go to the charity.

One of the poppies is currently on display at Jarrolds department store in Norwich and will be auctioned by Thomas William Gaze auctioneers of Diss this November.

Another is on display at Vessel Gallery, Kensington Park Road, London, and the third is touring the country with the RBL.

The 52-year-old is also selling the pieces with 10 per cent being given to the charity.

Miss Hart said: “If you wish to honour a loved and lost hero from your own family, the 10 per cent donation to the RBL will be made in his/her name and the poppy will also be issued with a certificate of authenticity bearing the honorary name.

“I hope to raise a goodly sum for the Legion with the special edition poppies, so I shall be updating with auction dates and locations over the coming months for those who would like to attend or place bids.

Miss Hart decided to make the pieces and help raise funds for the charity after seeing the affect war had one her grandfather who was in the Irish Brigade and the Royal Engineers, seeing action in the First World War.

“I discovered the certificates and medals in a shoebox of bits and pieces left to me after he died several decades ago,” said Miss Hart.

“They’ve been framed and displayed with pride in my home ever since.

“Jim, as I always knew and loved him, was a gentle, quiet man who when questioned about the war was extremely reticent to speak of his experiences.

“His kind eyes would cloud over with a mixture of pain and sorrow recalling events for the benefit of my school history projects.

“His recollections were brief, to the point and clearly excruciating.

“The plethora of archive footage, documentaries and dramas on TV this year demonstrate that dear old Jim’s struggle with combat stress was a common, albeit unrecognised sickness and no less a problem for present day veterans of gruesome conflict.”

The poppies are being sold for £750 from the Vessel gallery.