Military families in Rotherham gathered on Tuesday to create poppy wreaths in preparation for Remembrance Sunday.
Keeping Families in Mind (KFiM), a service delivered by the mental health charity MIND, met for their monthly arts and crafts session where they made several wreaths, one of which will be displayed at the cenotaph in Clifton Park for the event on November 14.
The Rotherham Current spoke to one military wife at the session who said: “[Remembrance] means sacrifice and that we are very privileged to be living the life we lead now.
“That is because of the sacrifices of the service personnel; past, present and future. It’s about remembering them and feeling pride in my husband and my grandfather. “
KFiM aims to provide support to families who are struggling with the demands of military life, particularly following the deployment of a family member or integrating back into society after touring.
This includes veterans, reserves and families of full-time serving members.
The South Yorkshire based project offers support via reading, arts and crafts and counselling sessions with a qualified therapist to help prevent feelings of isolation whilst also learning new skills and socialising.
Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, KFiM has been running for three years.
Christine Bradley, KFiM Community Engagement Officer, said: “There seems to be plenty for veterans who have actually served but very little [support] for family members.
“Sheffield MIND wanted to provide some support for the families and that’s how KFiM was born.”
You can see the handmade wreath at Clifton Park where a parade to the Cenotaph will be followed by a service as part of Rotherham Remembrance.