New funding extends Drapers’ support for wounded and sick veterans

Dan Hodges Fundraising, General

Ex-Forces men and women supported into employment by The Poppy Factory

More wounded, injured and sick veterans will be supported into employment thanks to new funding awarded by the Drapers’ Company.

The philanthropy organisation has agreed a three-year grant towards employment support through The Poppy Factory, which helps veterans with health conditions in England and Wales find a way back into employment, no matter what challenges they face.

It continues a strong tradition of support for ex-Forces men and women by the Drapers’ Company, which was one of the first to fund the Poppy Factory’s employment support programme after it launched in 2010. Since then, the London-based charity has helped more than 1,500 veterans in England and Wales start new jobs and careers.

That support has continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, helping veterans start more than 250 jobs since March 2020.

The new grant starts in April and will run for three years.

Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said: “We have come a long way since our charity first began extending employment support to veterans across the UK, and I am proud that we have now reached into so many communities and helped change so many lives. This work would not have been possible without support from the Drapers’ Company, which has been one of our most committed funders.

“We are very grateful for this new grant, which will help ensure we continue to serve the wounded, injured and sick veterans who are seeking a way back into work amid all the challenges created by the pandemic.”