Auction lots were provided by 25 Richmond businesses and organisations, including software developers, exhibition companies, hotels, retailers, restaurants and pubs. Contributions included everything from rugby tickets and afternoon teas to panto tickets and even an original oil painting.
The funds raised will help The Poppy Factory support more veterans back into meaningful employment across the UK.
Gabriel Irwin, Vice Chairman of Be Richmond and owner of Foot Solutions, Richmond said:
“When we canvassed our 300 plus members, supporting local charities was identified as a key objective. Given the association with Richmond and that 2018 marks the centenary of the World War One Armistice, we believed that the auction would be a good way to highlight the excellent work The Poppy Factory does in helping veterans with physical and mental health conditions get back into meaningful work.”
Deirdre Mills Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory added:
“We are delighted to have had the backing of Be Richmond and I would like to thank all the many local businesses who have given their generous support for The Poppy Factory. The funds raised will make an important difference to the lives of wounded, injured and sick veterans as they look to make their way back into sustained employment.”
Representatives of Richmond businesses and The Poppy Factory met at Richmond Hill Hotel to mark the event.
Pictured left to right in both photos are; Ann Chapman of Minesoft, Rowen Graham-Collins from Reed Exhibitions, Sarah Casemore, Dan Hodges and Amanda Shepard of The Poppy Factory, Nataliya Zadora from Nat West Bank Richmond, Gabriel Irwin of Foot Solutions and Carolan Brown from Richmond Hill Hotel
NOTES TO EDITORS
1 List of Organisations Providing Auction Lots
Richmond Hill Hotel
The Ivy Café Richmond
Ole & Steen Richmond
London Marriott Twickenham
Political Cartoon Gallery
Petersham Nurseries Richmond
Crawdaddy Club Richmond
Prince’s Head Richmond
Killik & Co
2 About The Poppy Factory
The Poppy Factory is now the country’s leading employability organisation for veterans with mental and physical health conditions. From its base in Richmond, the charity provides tailored support across England and Wales to help ex-Forces men and women with health challenges return to meaningful work.
The Poppy Factory works with many businesses around the country to transform the way employers think about recruiting people with physical or mental health conditions.
The charity has helped more than 1,000 individuals into work since it started its Getting You Back to Work programme in 2010. The Poppy Factory aims to deliver the most effective support for its veterans and the service is built upon a solid evidence base. This has ensured that over 70% of veterans supported by The Poppy Factory have remained in work for 12 months or longer, which compares significantly higher than other services.