Eteach help plant poppies at the Tower of London

Eteach are always trying to find new ways to help the community and as a part of that we have decided that one of our main objectives will be to give more to charity by donating both time and money to worthwhile causes.

On 7th August 2014 a team of 11 Eteach staff descended on the Tower of London to help plant some of the 888,246 ceramic poppies, each one beautifully handmade and unique in the studio of artist Paul Cummins.

Team Tower

We started the day by being introduced to our instructor for the day a very friendly Beefeater called Jim Duncan who took us through how the poppies were made and how we were to put them together.

We were then taken into the Moat at the Tower of London and after being introduced to our Team Leader we started to assemble the  poppies. It was a very poignant experience being in the moat as we were aware that for every poppy that we planted was representing a fallen soldier and that although there was already a sea of poppies there were still so many more to go.

The work was hard and intricate but by the end of the day everyone felt as though they had achieved something monumental – we worked out that we had made and planted over 1000 poppies on our four hour shift.

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You can see some of the comments made by Team Tower below:

“We should all be very proud of ourselves to be able to say, we were part of this wonderful tribute to our fallen heroes” – Barbara Burford

“A very emotional experience particularly when you appreciate that each poppy represents a soldier killed defending our Country.   It was a privilege to be involved in such a project and I when I receive my ceramic poppy it will always evoke a sense of pride.” – Melanie Curle

“I felt privileged to be part of something so wonderful. It required lots of hard work but was so rewarding and the sense of achievement was profound when we walked through the thousands of poppies already planted” – Joseph Birss

“I am so grateful to both the organisers and Eteach to be allowed to be a part of this experience. It was very emotional and will be something I will never forget” – Lauren Chew

“A truly inspiring day that will live long in the memory. It was a privilege to be able to help in a small way in honouring the many thousands who sacrificed their lives 100 years ago. It was also a great way to spend time with the team and work together to produce part of an amazing spectacle.” – Dan Churchward

Moat of poppies

For more information about this art installation and how you can be a part of this wonderful tribute please see the below link:

https://poppies.hrp.org.uk/

We will of course be taking up many more charity opportunities here at Eteach so stay tuned to see how we get on!

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