Her Majesty The Queen will visit The Poppy Factory, Richmond UK on Wednesday 7th November 2012.
Online PR News – 06-November-2012 – London – 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. 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.”