Feel great every day in May and raise funds to transform the lives of wounded veterans.

Plan your own escape this spring and raise at least £100 to help wounded veterans into work, so they can look to brighter days ahead.


Let’s be honest, this last year has been a real test for all of us. But The Great May Escape is coming.

This is your chance to break away from the day-to-day, focus on wellbeing your way and raise funds to help wounded veterans into work, so they can look to a brighter future.

Plan your escape by choosing a challenge for the month of May. Or mix things up with a different mental mini-break each day. With this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10-16) focused on nature and the environment, it’s the perfect time to get out and explore. Here are some ideas to help with your planning:

• Walk, run or cycle 50 miles over the month

• Meditate for 10 minutes every morning or enjoy 30 minutes of listening or reading each day

• Make escaping every day, in any way, your goal for May

Perhaps you’ll get a team together or make a break for it on your own. All we ask is that each escapee raises at least £100, which can be boosted by company-matched funding, to help wounded and sick veterans meet the challenges ahead.

Feel great and change lives this May. Join The Great May Escape today.
Our handy toolkit has all the resources you need to easily promote The Great May Escape across your company. Or contact Alice Barrett, The Poppy Factory’s Partnerships Manager, on 020 8939 1821 or for further information.

We work with amazing people who have served in our Armed Forces. Read some of their stories below.

"I thought I’d never work again and I really had no confidence. After nine months I’m still getting used to working again. Sometimes asking for help feels like the hardest part. But it’s definitely worth trying.”



“I was medically discharged from the Army because of my mental health, and I really lost my way. Now I love my job. It’s such a refreshing change to want to come to work and my boss is really supportive."



“My life has been an amazing rollercoaster and I’ve learned so much about people on the way. If it wasn’t for the Army, the VC Gallery and Natalie at The Poppy Factory, I don’t know where I’d be now.”