Every penny you raise for The Poppy Factory goes towards supporting veterans with health conditions get into civilian jobs in their communities.
Join us for #OperationPicnic this summer
Round up your troops, roll out the blanket and have yourself a poppy-tastic picnic this summer in aid of The Poppy Factory. Why not plan your picnic in celebration of the end of the school year, a birthday, a sporting or community event – or just to have some lunchtime fun with colleagues!
By organising your own fundraising activity or taking part in an event, you’ll be helping us raise funds for our veteran employment service, Getting You Back To Work, and awareness for The Poppy Factory. Our friendly fundraising team have got lots of ideas to help you get started, including:
* Sign up to run a half marathon, take on a sky dive or hike up a mountain
* Get crafty in the kitchen and hold a bake sale
* Host a fundraising event for Team Poppy Factory
* Let us know about your activity! We’ll send you a Team Poppy Factory T-shirt which you can wear loud and proud when you do your fundraising activity.
* Plan your event and set up a donation page on JustGiving.
* Promote your event – tell your friends and family about your event and why you’re doing it on social media
* We’ll share your story on The Poppy Factory’s official social media channels
* When you’ve gathered up your donations, please send in your money so we can start changing the lives of more veterans, addressed to The Poppy Factory fundraising team, 20 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UR.
Support veterans like Vicki
Vicki served as a Staff Sergeant in the British Army for 22 years. In 2016 she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and struggled to adapt into a new job in the civilian world. But with support from Kirsty, our expert Employment Consultant, Vicki is now enjoying a new logistics role in an international shipping firm.
“Joining the Army was the best thing I did and I have no regrets. But I saw a lot more than I was expecting to and I dealt with a lot. When I was discharged, my PTSD really affected my confidence and lots of little things as well, like having to choose what to wear, as life in the Army had been simple.
“Just picking myself up and asking for help was a massive thing. The support from The Poppy Factory kept me going. They invested their time in me and I didn’t want to let them down. Kirsty has been an absolute star.”
Our fundraising heroes
In 2018, Amanda ran her first half marathon in Richmond’s RunFest event in London. Amanda completed the challenge in memory of her grandad, Michael. “My grandad truly believed in the life-changing work of The Poppy Factory in supporting ex-Service members find careers. So I am raising some money in memory of my Grandad and family to support a cause close to his heart.” Amanda said.
Jonathan set out on a challenge of a lifetime, cycling over 300 miles to France to visit his Great Uncle’s war grave marking a century since his death. “In all, I cycled four long days to Charles’ grave at Montay British Cemetery in France. It was a tiny thing to do, but in doing it, I wanted to raise money for those in our modern day who need it.” Jonathan said.