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Lymington sculptor Michael Turner's 2021 Royal British Legion poppy hunt raises £6,000

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A REMEMBRANCE Sunday treasure hunt and auction organised by a Lymington sculptor has raised £6,000 for the Royal British Legion.

The Great New Forest Poppy Hunt saw hundreds of art fans join a treasure hunt across the Forest for a chance to find one of 11 stainless steel blooms created by sculptor Michael Turner.

Supporters could also bid on a further 11 poppies including a 24-carat gold plated version, which Michael auctioned to boost the fundraising total.

Some of this year's successful hunters
Some of this year's successful hunters

As reported in the A&T, the internationally acclaimed artist hid 10 red poppies and one purple flower before posting photographic clues leading his Instagram and Facebook followers to the hidden flowers.

Michael said: “The poppy hunt this year was amazing – definitely the best so far. So many people enjoyed themselves taking part and everyone was very generous in their donations. We hid the final purple poppy at the beach and waited. It was lovely to chat to everyone as they turned up looking for it!”

Michael Turner created 22 poppies for the hunt
Michael Turner created 22 poppies for the hunt

The auctioned gold poppy also came with a dining experience donated by Chewton Glen Hotel. He said: “I was just blown away by the total raised this year and I’d just like to thank everyone who took part in the hunt and the auction.”

Michael organised the first poppy hunt in 2015 after taking inspiration from the sea of poppies at the Tower of London and as a tribute to his two grandfathers who fought in the Second World War.

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