Defending the poppy title

Joanna Jacobson Events, Fundraising, General, Jobs, Volunteering

Back in 2015, Lydia came to the factory on a volunteering day with the company she used to work for. In just under three hours, she made a whopping 1493 poppies, a record that’s gone undefeated. Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Lydia back to defend her title.


[Lydia, front left and Lauren, front right]

Since 2015, Lydia has joined the national law firm Irwin Mitchell, which encourages all of its employees to make use of its two day volunteering allowance each year. Lydia thought using one of her days would be a great way to defend her title and introduce her fellow colleagues to The Poppy Factory.

Lydia said: “I’m very interested to see what else we can do to support The Poppy Factory. I’d definitely like to get the corporate volunteering day going on an annual basis – I need to retain my title after all!”

Asked what the secret is to being a popping-making champion, she explained: “It is all down to the set-up and technique. The four parts of the poppy need to be laid out ready and I alternate hands when picking up the next part.

“Also, I’m a competitive person, but with myself, not others. If someone beats me, I’m not a sore loser, though I’m not allowed to talk about crazy golf with my family.”

Unfortunately, Lydia wasn’t able to beat her score on the day (we’re not surprised!), but we were delighted to see Lydia again.

The group included seven staff members from five different offices, including Lauren, whose dad spent 22 years in the military police and ended his career as a warrant officer class one (WO1) in the Small Arms Corp.

Team building days

The Poppy Factory welcomes corporate partners to spend a day volunteering in our factory. As well as making poppies for the Remembrance period, corporate volunteers get the chance to meet our veteran staff and learn more about our work.

If your business is interested in supporting The Poppy Factory in some way, please email Alice Barrett, Volunteer Manager, at

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