Family fun on the poppy trail at Richmond May Fair

Joanna Jacobson Disability, Events, Fundraising, General, Getting you back to work, Jobs

Families visiting the Richmond May Fair had great fun following the big red poppies in our trail on Saturday, May 11th.

Our staff and volunteers were challenging young people to spot all 10 of our large paper poppies attached to community stalls around the fair in Richmond Green.

On the back of each poppy was a picture of the different roles available to Armed Forces veterans and children who completed a drawing of each job were given goody bags.

Visitors were also able to find out more about the upcoming launch of Operation Picnic, our summer campaign. This summer, we will be encouraging families, community groups and businesses to round up the troops and roll out a picnic blanket to fundraise in aid of The Poppy Factory. All funds raised will help us support more wounded, injured and sick veterans back into meaningful work in their communities.

Alice Barrett, Partnerships Manager at The Poppy Factory, said: “It was wonderful to see so many families taking part in our trail and learning about our work. Everyone who took part got a sense of the many different types of jobs that are available for veterans with health conditions. We know that with the right support, these men and women can excel in their chosen professions after leaving the Armed Forces.

“Thankfully the weather was on our side which made the day a fantastic opportunity to talk to people about our work and our upcoming Operation Picnic plans.”

Operation Picnic is launching on 1st June. If you would like to organise your own poppy-tastic picnic, sign up to download our special bunting and an ideas sheet.

If you, or the company you work for, would like to partner with The Poppy Factory, we’d love to hear from you. Email our Corporate Partnership Manager, Alice Barrett, at to find out how we can work together.

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