As Remembrance Day is nearly upon us, The Duchess of Cornwall has been named as the patron of the Richmond-based charity, The Poppy Factory.
The Duchess of Cornwall puts finishing touches to a poppy. [source ITN video]
On Thursday October 24, The Duchess made a visit to the factory, which makes paper poppies, crosses and wreaths by hand for the Royal Family and the Royal British Legion’s annual Remembrance Day appeal.
At the factory, The Duchess witnessed the work undertaken on behalf of ex-service men and women and their dependants. Since 2007, the charity has helped to place wounded and sick ex-military personnel into jobs.
Chief Executive Melanie Waters said: “We are honoured and delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall has chosen to support our work. The patronage of The Duchess will help us to continue this work and to highlight the increasing need to support our disabled veterans into meaningful civilian employment.”
During her visit, The Duchess helped put the finishing touches together on the wreath that her husband, The Prince of Wales, will place on Remembrance Sunday.
The Poppy Factory has 35 employees, and produces approximately 30 million poppies and 100,000 wreaths each year. The target for this year’s appeal is £37 million.