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Al­most 8 mil­lion of the 45 mil­lion lapel pop­pies sold an­nu­ally for the Royal Bri­tish Legion Poppy Ap­peal are hand­made, as they have been since the 1920s, by a 35-strong team of dis­abled veter­ans and their de­pen­dants, home-work­ers and vol­un­teers at The Poppy Fac­tory in Rich­mond. The team also pro­duces a mil­lion Re­mem­brance sym­bols for the Field of Re­mem­brance at West­min­ster Abbey and 139,000 wreaths and sprays for use by mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily, mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions and memo­rial events.

In Septem­ber, The Poppy Fac­tory Pa­tron HRH The Duchess of Corn­wall hosted a re­cep­tion at Clarence House to cel­e­brate the 1,000 wounded, in­jured and sick veter­ans who have been sup­ported by the Get­ting You Back to Work pro­gramme. The Duchess added her mes­sage to oth­ers wish­ing a vet­eran good luck on their first day in their new job. Yvette was among those at­tend­ing. For info: 020 8940 3305 WWW.POPPYFACTORY.ORG

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