GF Community Foundation (GFCF) part of GF Group, is honouring the fallen this Remembrance Day with a special installation outside of its HQ on Spectrum Business Park, Seaham.
Displaying over 200 hand crafted wooden poppies alongside a silhouetted Tommy cut-out, the installation is a collaborative project between several East Durham organisations. Funded and organised by GF Community Foundation, the display’s 216 poppies were made by Joinery and Painting and Decorating students at East Durham College and installed by East Durham Veterans. Security company, Steadfast, donated a generous £200 towards the cost of materials.
Tom Lavender, Group Foundation Manager, said: “GF Community Foundation is thrilled to be supporting local veterans this Remembrance Day. This collaborative project has united key groups within our local community and allowed our colleagues to pay their respects whilst supporting an incredible cause.”
The display is in place to raise money for East Durham Veterans, with the sale of the poppies going towards supporting their ongoing winter isolation project.
Andrew Cammiss, Chairman at East Durham Veterans, said: “Our winter isolation photography course that is supported by GF Community Foundation and Great Annual Savings is an important part of bringing together the veteran community, helping them socialise, as well as teaching them a new skill. With so many struggling with their mental health, especially after the pandemic, projects such as this are essential to the recovery of our community.”
The installation is already causing a stir on social media, with residents in Seaham visiting to take pictures and show respect.
Caroline Brown, Fundraising and Events Manager for GF Community Foundation, said: “It’s great to see such wonderful feedback from residents in Seaham and our neighbours in Spectrum Business Park. We were thrilled to be able to invite Bugler Kenneth Moor to the building to play’ The Last Post’ and observe a 2-minute silence alongside Colleagues from GF Group, some of whom are Veterans themselves.”
The installation will remain in place until Remembrance Sunday if the weather allows.
To find out more about the work GF Community Foundation is doing within the local area, visit: www.greatannualsavings.com/gf-community-foundation.