The Poppy Factory wins Soldiering On Award

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The hard work and dedication of Poppy Factory staff has been recognised by the Soldiering On Awards after a win in the Healthcare and Rehabilitation category.


(Photo: Martin Taylor, Deputy CEO of Redwood Technologies Group – award sponsor)

The high profile ceremony on Friday 5th April was hosted by Carol Vorderman MBE, who is an Honorary Group Captain in the RAF, and by former Royal Marine JJ Chalmers. The Soldiering On Awards celebrates the achievements of the military community, by honouring serving personnel, veterans, their families and organisations that support them.

Senior military personnel, including Lt General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence Personnel and Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood MP were among those who attended the event. The awards were also attended by their Patron, the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords.

Accepting the award, Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said: “We are delighted and honoured to receive this award. It recognises not just the efforts of our own highly dedicated team but the hard-won success of every veteran who, with the support of The Poppy Factory, has stepped forward into a new job or career.

“The Poppy Factory’s employability programme has been running for as long as the Soldiering On Awards, and in those nine years we have helped more than 1,100 veterans with physical and mental health conditions back into meaningful and sustained employment. Demand for our expertise continues to rise, and we look forward to helping thousands more veterans fulfil their potential outside the armed forces.”

Sponsor of the award, Martin Taylor, Deputy CEO of Redwood Technologies Group, said: “The stories of hard work and dedication by the winners and all those who were nominated are truly inspiring and humbling. The Poppy Factory is a deserving winner, and demonstrates an ongoing support to the military community, which is of significant importance to the whole of the country. Congratulations to them and all they represent.”

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