With the anniversary of the end of the First World War approaching, two Charmouth residents have taken it upon themselves to make sure the event is well celebrated.

Linda Bearpark and Ben Perry, from Charmouth, have set up a poppy appeal throughout the village to remember those who lost their lives in all wars in past years.

The pair decided to do something after seeing other nearby towns and villages commemorate the event.

Linda said: "Last year, myself and Ben were walking through Bridport and Axminster and saw the poppy displays.

"We thought to ourselves, why hasn't Charmouth got any?"

The pair contacted the Royal British Legion about producing a campaign for this momentous year.

Ben said: "We thought about it as it's the 100 year anniversary and we wanted Charmouth to look special for remembrance.

"We spoke to village members and they all seem really interested."

After getting support from Charmouth Council and West Dorset Council, the fundraising efforts started.

A Facebook campaign was launched on Monday, March 12 to get community support and funds, with 125 poppies made by Thursday, March 15.

Ben said: "We have already got over £500."

Businesses within the area have pledged their support, with some buying 10 poppies each.

Linda said: "We are going to run out of lampposts."

Ben added: "Local businesses have been fantastic, sponsoring 10 or 20 poppies each.

"We could end up with two to three poppies per lamppost."

Poppies have been made available for £5 each, even though they usually cost £3, in the hope that not only can lots of poppies be brought, but that a more permanent sculpture can be put in place in Charmouth.

Linda said: "After the poppy appeal, we want to erect a 'there but not there' statue in Charmouth centre.

"It's an aluminium outline of a soldier, and we wanted a more permanent sign of remembrance in the village."

Councillor Martin Sayers for Charmouth Parish Council, said: "Charmouth Parish Council is in full support of the causes and wishes Linda and Ben every success with their fundraising efforts.

The orders for poppies need to be completed by June, with a donation pot currently in place in The George Pub.

The pair are also hoping to run a few fundraising events in the next few months.

Linda said: "I'm flabbergasted by the support.

"To have the community so interested is amazing."

Ben added: "We were worried we would be struggling.

"We are grateful to those who have donated."

To donate, contact either Linda on 07881 937607 or Ben in 07835 233248.