A stunning display of handmade poppies was created to mark Remembrance Day this year by the team at Swanton Community Support Ipswich.

The project began when the people supported by the East Anglia-based team asked why staff were wearing poppies.

Service Manager Sandra McMillan decided to teach the curious group about the meaning behind the floral tributes by using a combination of conversations and films.

She then invited the people supported by the Stella Maris facility to help her create poppies to hang on the fence to mark the solemn occasion.

Sandra said it was important to help the people she supports to understand what happened and why we must never forget the sacrifices made by fallen heroes.

Sandra said: “Many of the people we support haven’t had a traditional education and never learnt about history or the First and Second World War.

“We explained to them about what happened, how the conflict played out, and that many of the men and women who gave their lives were very young. When we told one particular story, Nick Smith, who is just 19, exclaimed, ‘That’s the same age as me!’”

The team screened war films The Great Escape and The Longest Day for the people they support to watch, then invited them to help paint the poppies for the display.

The finished result was exhibited on the fence for the public to see as SCS Ipswich took part in a Remembrance Day session.

Sandra added: “We talked about why there is a two-minute silence every year and then everyone fell quiet to pay their respects.

“It felt good to have helped the people we support to learn about these pivotal moments in history and to understand the gravity of the sacrifice made by our servicemen and women.

“We created handprints and wrote messages to those fallen heroes on them and it was very emotional. I was moved by the impact this project had on the people we support.”