Queen's Visit Celebrates The Poppy Factory's 90th Anniversary

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Her Majesty The Queen will visit The Poppy Factory, Richmond on Wednesday 7th November.

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The Poppy Factory's 90th Anniversary

When you come out of the Forces, absolutely everything is alien to you. The Poppy Factory acts as a secure stepping-stone just when you need it most. Lee and the team helped me find a new role that I am really enjoying.

The Queen will be welcomed by President of The Poppy Factory, Sara Jones CBE, DL, Chairman Bernard Cook and Chief Executive Melanie Waters and then accompanied on a tour of the poppy production facility in Richmond, Surrey.

Her Majesty has been a regular supporter of The Poppy Factory, over the years visiting on three occasions, the last time being 20 years ago. The visit will be a double celebration for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year and the charity’s 90th Anniversary. The Poppy Factory has produced, by hand, some 12 million poppies and 107,000 wreaths in time for Remembrance Day this year and Ian Lindsay, who has been an employee of The Poppy Factory for 26 years, will show Her Majesty how to make one of the iconic red remembrance emblems.

During the tour, the Royal Party will also meet clients of The Poppy Factory. Clients are wounded, injured or sick ex-Service men and women who have been assisted by The Poppy Factory in finding meaningful and sustainable employment in the communities where they live around the UK. These inspirational people have the drive and commitment to overcome their injuries and are able to contribute again in the civilian workplace – with a little extra support from The Poppy Factory.

One of The Poppy Factory’s clients is Gavin. Gavin was medically discharged from the Forces in 2011 suffering with knee injuries. An ex-Queen’s Dragoon Guard in the Welsh Cavalry, Gavin aged 33 was put in touch with The Poppy Factory’s north west region employability consultant Lee Griffiths. Since July 2012, Gavin has secured a full time role as a security officer with Grosvenor Estate. Gavin said: “When you come out of the Forces, absolutely everything is alien to you. The Poppy Factory acts as a secure stepping-stone just when you need it most. Lee and the team helped me find a new role that I am really enjoying.”

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About The Poppy Factory: http://www.poppyfactory.org

Since 1922, The Poppy Factory has provided valued work for wounded, injured and sick ex-Service personnel and disabled dependents of Service personnel who made some 12 million poppies and 107,000 wreaths for Remembrance Day this year.

In recent years, The Poppy Factory has transformed itself into a thoroughly modern charity. As well as providing work for veterans at its HQ in Richmond, The Poppy Factory uses its unique expertise to help its clients find employment with many commercial organisations all over the UK.

The talents of those leaving the Armed Services can be a big asset to business and civilian organisations. As more people are leaving the Forces, it has never been a more important time to raise awareness of their skills and to increase access to paid, meaningful and sustainable employment.

The Poppy Factory aims to become the recruitment provider of choice for wounded, injured and sick ex-Forces men and women and for employers. Its fundraising target is to raise £4 million by 2015.

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