RESIDENTS of a care home have had their knitting needles out to lovingly handcraft more than 150 poppies to mark Armistice Day at the weekend.

The group from Sycamore Hall, in Bainbridge, initially set themselves a target of £100 that they hoped to raise from the sale of the poppies.

Local pubs and outlets including The Fox and Hound and Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton and the Rose and Crown in Bainbridge all agreed to display the knitted poppies and offer them to customers.

In just one week the target was met with more than £150 collected.

Thanks to generous donations from residents throughout the Dales, the funds raised so far have reached over £370 with collections ongoing.

Resident Margaret Walter said: “Knowing that we have raised so much money is remarkable. I can’t believe that so many people want to wear our poppies, it’s brilliant.

"It wasn’t just about raising the funds though, it was fun to come together and to knit and natter while we created the poppies.

"I’d certainly do it again.”