I was working for Channel 5 (then based near Monument station) in the summer of 2014 when I saw the poppy display in its early stages and, even then, was amazed by it. As the days went by the collection of flowers grew bigger and bigger – as did the crowds that came to see it, making it difficult to get around the Tower of London area at times. But the inconvenience was worth it as it was a stunning sight – and a moving one given that each individual poppy represented someone who died in World War I.

My mum has been a lifelong lover of poppies so I knew I had to buy her one when the sale began, and I was particularly pleased to find out that there would be a charity donation as part of the price. When the time came I couldn’t help but buy myself a poppy too. It’s currently resting in its box due to a house move but when I settle in my next home it’ll be put on display as it makes me sad to think of it hidden away in the dark where nobody can see it.

PLANT YOUR POPPY. SHARE YOUR STORY.