Hereford support The Poppies: Weeping Window exhibition at cathedral

11 May 2018

Branch offer their support to help commemorate the WW1 centenary with stunning sculpture

Hereford branch help out with Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture at county cathedral

Nearly 200,000 people visited the artwork which seemed to pour out of a high window and down the wall of Hereford’s ancient cathedral from mid-March to the end of April. Herefordshire Branch Treasurer Kev Ebsworth played a major role as he was tasked with project managing the event, on behalf of the organising committee. Other Branch members volunteered to act as guides to the visitors from around the country.

Meanwhile, key Branch fundraisers Terry Smissen and Angela Millar set up a SSAFA display at a nearby shop front which attracted a lot of interest and raised more than £800 for the charity. Angela even went that extra mile and dressed up as Sally the SSAFA bear, attracting particular attention from younger visitors.

Branch chairman Tim Howson, said: “The Poppies: Weeping Window display was a fantastic success, exceeding all expectations. It was also a wonderful chance to showcase SSAFA and other military charities, with volunteers from a number of them helping with many aspects of the event. The SSAFA logo and strapline There Then, Here Now was also on show prominently in the Cathedral as we reminded the large number of visitors of our work in the Great War.”

Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade of several thousand handmade ceramic poppies made by Paul Cummins and designed by Tom Piper. The poppies are part of the display originally seen at the Tower of London in 2014.