Shoppers have been praised for their generosity after hundreds of pounds were raised for injured servicemen.
A collection was held in Nuneaton town centre in May and raised nearly £300 for a project to help wounded heroes in hospital.
The money raised was for charity Q4IS, Quilts for Injured Servicemen, a group set up by women in Lutterworth to provide quilts for wounded soldiers. The quilts are donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and Headley Court, the military rehabilitation centre in Surrey.
The quilts are made with the soldiers’ badges on. They have a practical purpose and are also often kept as souvenirs to remind the soldiers that others are thinking of them.
Veteran Jesse Owen organised the collection at the Ropewalk Shopping Centre after hearing about the group.
He said: What they do for the wounded troops is wonderful and the people of Nuneaton certainly showed their appreciation.
“We collected nearly £300 on a day when the Ropewalk was very quiet, probably because of the hot weather.
“Most of the money was collected in about three hours and that works out at £100 an hour, so you can see how generous the people were.
“The quilts are often made with the soldiers’ badges on and they really treasure them and take them home with them when they leave.
“We know about the dead, bless them, because we see them come home, but we never hear about the wounded, some of whom have terrible injuries.”
Q4IS is run by quilters Brenda Lincoln and her friend Dee Franks and their husbands.