THE Poppy Factory has announced that The Duchess of Cornwall has generously agreed to become the organisation’s Patron.
Under her new role, Camilla will visit the Poppy Factory to experience first-hand the work undertaken by the charity on behalf of disabled ex-Service personnel and their dependants.
The Duchess will meet key personnel as well as veterans who have been assisted by the Poppy Factory in finding meaningful and sustainable employment in the civilian workplace.
The Poppy Factory is known for making the iconic poppy at its factory in Richmond where a team of employees produce, by hand, the poppies, wreaths and crosses for the annual Remembrance Day events.
The Duchess will tour the facilities, meet employees and see how the poppies are made. Shes will also inspect the Royal wreaths, including the wreath which is made by hand every year for His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.
The Poppy Factory believes that any disabled veteran who wants to work should be able to, and aims to become the recruitment provider of choice for ex-Forces clients and for employers.
In recent years, it has become a specialist employability charity for disabled veterans, helping them to find work with civilian companies throughout the UK. Chief Executive Melanie Waters said: “We are honoured and delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall has chosen to support our work.
“The Poppy Factory uses its unique expertise to help disabled veterans into work with many businesses throughout the UK. The patronage of The Duchess will help us to continue this work and to highlight the increasing need to support our disabled veteran’s into meaningful civilian employment.”
12,000,000 poppies made
140 disabled veterans helped into meaningful employment
1,000,000 remembrance crosses made
96,000 wreaths made