Dorothy is an artist and has been painting pictures of poppies
throughout the year, which she has now sold, with all proceeds
going to Help for Heroes, a charity that works to provide better
facilities for wounded servicemen and women in the UK. She has
raised over £300 in the last two years.
Although her family has no links to the armed forces, she said
that her husband inspired her to do something for the charity. "My
next door neighbour and my husband went to Brides Norton and back
in one day to pay homage to the soldiers," she said. "They hadn't
got relations in the forces but they just felt they had to go down
and do it and I thought what a wonderful tribute that was, and
we're all sitting up here doing nothing."
She chose to paint the poppies with acrylics on canvas board.
Using silk poppies, she painted the stalks and the leaves.
"I did them in black, white and red," Dorothy explained. "I
thought it looked quite stunning, and a lot of people have that
colour scheme in their house so it seemed like a good idea. Then I
thought that it might be a bit too morbid for some people so I did
some green stalks and leaves as well. They looked quite
Dorothy is now an accomplished artist, but she didn't even start
painting until she moved into the Warrington retirement
"I've only really been painting since I came here," she
admitted. "I used to decorate cakes but when I moved here my
kitchen wasn't big enough, and I'd done it for 12 years so I needed
a change anyway. I started painting and I've never looked back
Picture: Dorothy with her certificate from Help for
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