intu Watford has unveiled - for the second year running - a display of hand-sculpted metal poppies, in support of Watford charity Peace Hospice Care’s latest appeal.

Butterflies have also been added to the display this year.

Members of the public are invited to donate to the hospice and dedicate a poppy or butterfly in memory of a loved one. So far this year, 574 poppies and butterflies have been dedicated as part of the appeal, raising £18,700 for the charity. The appeal will run until Autumn.

The hand-sculptured garden ornaments will again be displayed on the first floor in Beechen Grove in the shopping centre until the end of the summer holidays. Each individually sculpted ornament is made from metal and enamelled in vibrant colours - white, lilac or fuchsia butterflies, and purple, lilac or fuchsia poppies.

“Peace Hospice Care does an incredible job for families at the most demanding of times, and it’s a real honour to be able to work with them again,” said the general manager at intu Watford, Vicki Costello. “The poppies and butterflies are beautiful and a wonderful way to remember a loved one while helping support a local charity, we invite everyone to come and look at the display as they really put a smile on your face.”

Deana Cadden, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Peace Hospice Care, said: “We are very thankful to intu and all their staff for supporting us with our Poppy and Butterfly appeal. This display at intu will help us make even more people aware of the work we do and, at a time when our NHS funding has just been cut.”

Last year, the poppies were so successful that the charity ran out of stock. The suggested donation is £25 for each poppy or butterfly.

Every gift will help the Hospice to give care and comfort to local people when they need it the most.