12 Sep 2017

Defence Minister leads plaudits for The Poppy Factory

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood has praised the work of a leading charity for helping disabled veterans back into work.

Mr Ellwood visited The Poppy Factory in Richmond to see first-hand the work the charity does to help veterans with disabilities into meaningful employment.

The Poppy Factory, which itself employs around 30 disabled veterans, produces poppies and wreaths for the Royal Family and The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal, something they have been doing since they were founded in 1922.

During the visit, the Minister met with Poppy Factory staff working to help disabled veterans back into employment, as well as staff who produce the famous Poppies for Remembrance.

The Poppy Factory has a tremendous record of getting disabled veterans back into employment, with 70% of veterans who the charity helps remaining in employment after 12 months.

While most veterans successfully re-integrate into civilian life, a small number do face challenges after their military career. The Ministry of Defence and other Government Departments work with the charity sector to provide comprehensive support.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “The work The Poppy Factory does in helping businesses across the country provide employment for disabled veterans is hugely important and I’d like to thank them for all the work they do.

“It’s important that Government works with charities to provide comprehensive support to veterans, including the Armed Forces Covenant and the new Veteran’s Gateway.”

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