The Poppy Factory 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner Raises £30,000

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The Poppy Factory’s announced that its first Gala Dinner, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Everything Everywhere and Jones Lang LaSalle, to commemorate 90 years of helping wounded, injured and sick veterans back to work, raised over £30,000.

Poppy Factory Gala Dinner

The Poppy Factory Gala Dinner Raised £30,000

The Poppy Factory aims to become the recruitment provider of choice for our Ex-Forces clients and for employers. Our fundraising target is to raise £4 million by 2015.

The Poppy Factory Gala Dinner, which attracted 300 guests and supporters of the charity, was held on 6th December 2012, at the historic and stunning banqueting hall at The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

The evening began with a a drinks reception at the atmospheric Queen Mary Undercroft, entertained throughout the evening by The Band of the Grenadier Guards, culminating in a marching band display.

The dinner was held in the famous Painted Hall and Caroline Wyatt, Defence Correspondent for BBC News, began proceedings. Caroline Wyatt said:

“This year, Remembrance Day had a very special resonance. We were filming in Helmand Province, where well over nine thousand British servicemen and women were on duty that Sunday – many of them serving on their third or even fourth tour of duty there. All marked the day in their own way, and those we spoke to were all thinking of friends and comrades they’d lost – and about those who’d been injured, in battle or elsewhere, and whose lives and those of their families had been changed forever.

“In Lashkar Gah and elsewhere in Helmand, the wreaths that they laid as a mark of remembrance and respect were made by those working at the Poppy Factory, this year and every year since 1922.”
Melanie Waters, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory talked about how the charity is evolving to meet the needs of today’s veterans:

“Today The Poppy Factory is helping former servicemen and women in new and different ways. The talents of those leaving the Services can be a big asset to business and civilian organisations. As more people are leaving the Forces, it’s never been a more important time to raise awareness of their skills and increase access to paid, meaningful employment.

“The Poppy Factory aims to become the recruitment provider of choice for our Ex-Forces clients and for employers. Our fundraising target is to raise £4 million by 2015.”

The guests included Major General Richard Nugee, Director for Personnel, Army, Major General Greg Smith ACDS Reserves & Cadets, The Naval Secretary Rear Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, Air Commodore Nigel Beet and The Poppy Factory President Mrs Sara Jones and Vice Patrons Professor Sir Bruce Keogh NHS Director and Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis. They enjoyed a three course meal and fundraising auction including prizes donated by Mr Bill Hinge of Atlantic Enterprises Ltd, Wings for Warriors and Mark Sinclair of Adidas.

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