Alabaré are delighted to team up with the BBC’s Sewing Soldier, Lt. Col. Neil Stace, to announce the launch of ‘Flags of Thanks’, a collaborative art project that will form part of the 2019 Armed Forces Day celebrations in Salisbury…

The nation will be asked to create hand crafted flags that demonstrate gratitude and support for the Armed Forces Community, from those currently serving, to veterans and cadets.

The fabric flags can be either quilted, appliqued or embroidered and include military themed images or literal messages of thankfulness. They will then be displayed in a public exhibition during the event in June, in the City’s oldest Church, St Thomas’s.

Afterwards, the general public will be able to sponsor having a flag made into a practical item, such as a sleeping bag or quilt. Their sponsorship will go towards Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans, helping to change the lives of Armed Forces Veterans who are homeless and vulnerable.

Lt. Col. Neil Stace, also known as the Sewing Soldier following his appearance on the BBCs Sewing Bee, will be spearheading the project, running workshops and transforming the flags into quilts, sleeping bags and ponchos.

Lt. Col. Neil Stace says: “I am delighted to be supporting Alabaré in their Flags of Thanks project. The work they do with military veterans is truly inspiring.”