Alabaré launch 'Flag of Thanks' in Salisbury

Alabare 'Flags of Thanks'  Lt.Col. Neil Stace

Published by Spire FM News at 6:04am 11th February 2019. (Updated at 6:18am 11th February 2019)

The homelessness charity have teamed up with TV's Sewing Soldier, Neil Stace, in preparation for Armed Forces Day 2019.

'Flag of Thanks' is a collaborative art project that will form part of the national celebrations for Armed Forces Day hosted in Salisbury.

People will be asked to create hand crafted flags that show gratitude and support for the Armed Forces Community, from current serving troops, to veteran and cadets.

The fabrics can either be quilted, appliqued or embroidered and include 'military themed images or literal messages of thankfulness'.

St Thomas's

The creations will be displayed in a public exhibition at St Thomas's in the city centre during the event in June.

Lt. Col. Neil Stace from Salisbury, also known as the 'Sewing Soldier' following his appearance on the BBC show 'The Great British Sewing Bee' in 2015, will be the face of the campaign.

He'll be running workshops and transforming the flags into quilts, sleeping bags and ponchos: 

"I am delighted to be supporting Alabaré in their Flags of Thanks project. The work they do with military veterans is truly inspiring."

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE FLAGS AFTERWARDS?

After the Armed Forces Day celebrations in June, the general public will be able to sponsor having a flag made into a practical item, such as a sleeping bag or quilt.

All the money from the sponsorships will go towards Alabaré's Homes for Veterans, helping to change the lives of Armed Forces Veterans who are homeless and vulnerable.

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