During a visit to The Poppy Factory today, 7th November, The Queen took the unusual step of lending her hand to production and made her own poppy. This special poppy has the Royal Cypher and will be kept in pride of place at Poppy Factory HQ.
Online PR News – 08-November-2012 – London, UK – As The Poppy Factory celebrates the fact that it has helped over 200 wounded, injured and sick veterans back into civilian work, Her Majesty The Queen came to visit its premises in Richmond, Surrey.
Melanie Waters, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory said: "We were extremely honoured that in her very busy Diamond Jubilee year, The Queen made time to visit us. Her Majesty spent an hour talking to all our employees at the factory as well as supporters and clients - wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women who we have assisted back into paid, meaningful civilian employment around the UK."
Sheila Nutbeam and her guide dog Kerrie were introduced to The Queen during the tour. Sheila, 59 has worked for the charity for 29 years. Her Majesty went on to meet Brian Edwards the Royal wreath maker.
Ian Lindsay who together with his wife Gillian have made poppies for 26 years also met Her Majesty and Ian showed the Queen how to make the red poppy emblems.
A Poppy Her Majesty made earlier
During the visit The Queen took the unusual step of lending her hand to production and made her own poppy, expressing surprise that it stayed in one piece. This special poppy has the Royal Cypher and will be kept in pride of place at Poppy Factory HQ.
Once out of the production area, Her Majesty took more time to learn about The Poppy Factory's single minded ambition to help wounded, injured and sick ex-Service personnel find mainstream sustainable employment in the communities where they live around the UK.
The Queen met Jack, a real success story - who after serving ten years in the Army in conflict zones such as Iraq and Bosnia came out of the forces - and then his world fell apart as he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Poppy Factory has helped Jack, from North Tyneside, get his life back on track. He is now studying for a degree in counselling and is working for a computer firm. The Poppy Factory has helped over 200 people in similar positions to Jack over the past few years.
At the end of the visit Her Majesty was presented with a poppy posy designed and made by Iris Kellett who has been making poppies at the factory for 29 years.