March 2024

Hunters Volunteering at The Poppy Factory

Kate Henry-Aston, she’s the Chair wrote a big thank you to The Poppy Factory in Richmond for their warm welcome to the Hunters team of volunteers yesterday. After a friendly welcome and hearing about the history of the Poppy Factory, our team set to work having a lot of fun making and creating. Between us we made 2,000 handmade poppies and 15 wreaths, which we boxed up ready for Remembrance Day.

So, In a heartfelt and collaborative effort, our colleagues recently visited The Poppy Factory, where they collectively crafted loads and were focused so they were in preparation for Remembrance Day.

This immersive experience not only provided a sense of fulfilment but also deepened their understanding of the symbolism behind these iconic red flowers, which hold the profound significance of this solemn occasion each year.

So, The Poppy Factory has helped veterans with health conditions back into work since 1922, producing Remembrance products in their factory in Richmond upon Thames.

Since 2010 they have been helping hundreds of veterans to find work and thrive in civilian employment, wherever they are based in England and Wales.

Today, this employment support represents more than 95% of their veteran work and impact. Specialist support and meaningful employment can be truly life-changing, providing stability for veterans and their families, a steady income, and significantly improving health and wellbeing.

In 2023 the poppies were redesigned, replacing single use plastic with paper enabling a 40% smaller carbon footprint.

Kate Henry-Aston, she’s the Chair of Hunters commented “We had such a memorable afternoon learning about the history and creating the all-important poppies sold in the autumn. It was fantastic to be just a tiny part in contributing to this wonderful charity.  As part of our commitment to support local charities, we were pleased to have so many volunteers for the visit, thank you to them and to The Poppy Factory for having us”

Our volunteers included:

David Capel, Zoe Lou, Mark Baines, Katie Grubb, Tom Riley and Tom Milne. Nurit Moscovici Amar, Andrew Marren, Michaela Jahn, Lauren Ziya-Zadeh and Shail Jagpal.