A WOMAN of 97 knitted more than 250 poppies for Remembrance Day in spite of having a broken wrist.

Joyce Duck’s sterling efforts raised £200 for the Poppy Appeal.

She started making the wool flowers in March earlier this year – even receiving an order of 40 from Nationwide’s Swindon headquarters.

The retired Swindon Advertiser packer, who was born the same year The Royal British Legion adopted the Poppy Appeal, was inspired by the memory of her father who served in the First World War and husband who served in the second.

She said: “I enjoy knitting and I felt that it was my duty to create something that honoured my family members who served in the wars, but also in tribute of all other service men and women. It gave me enormous pride to knit the poppies and raise the amount I have done for The British Legion.”

Joyce explained that to her the poppy portrayed great respect for all service men and women who have lost their lives in war.

Carole O’Sullivan, a Poppy Appeal organiser at the Penhill Branch, said: “This very kind gesture really pulled at our heart strings, we are all so proud of Joyce and it means a lot to the charity. We would like to thank the support from people in Swindon, their kind generosity has been fantastic.”