Interact are privileged to be supporting the Poppy Factory during 2022 as one of its two chosen charities.

The Poppy Factory in Richmond is not only home to Interact’s wonderful contact centre team, but an incredible charity. We’re therefore thrilled to be supporting The Poppy Factory as one of Interact’s two chosen charities for 2022.

Established 100 years ago, The Poppy Factory quickly developed into a community of wounded and injured veterans who have made Remembrance poppies and wreaths by hand for generations.

Today, The Poppy Factory supports veterans with health conditions on their journey into all kinds of employment, helping hundreds of ex-Forces job seekers in England and Wales each year.

Many veterans come to The Poppy Factory years after leaving the Armed Forces. They may be struggling to adapt to the civilian world and experience complex barriers to work. Specialist support and meaningful employment can be truly life-changing, significantly improving veterans’ confidence, financial security, and health and wellbeing.

Last year, The Poppy Factory helped veterans start more than 270 jobs.

We can’t wait to update you on Interact’s fundraising activities during 2022, and hope to be able to make a positive difference.

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Our Managing Director, Michael Pollock was delighted to be a guest when the Duchess of Cornwall visited The Poppy Factory in November 2021. Her Royal Highness, Patron of The Poppy Factory, added the finishing touches to The Prince of Wales’s Cenotaph wreath and her own Remembrance cross during a visit to open the charity’s new facilities and visitor centre.

“It is an honour to, not only share this historic building with such an incredible team of people, but also to be part of their events and support them as an organisation. We cannot wait to begin celebrating their centenary year with them through this partnership.”

Michael Pollock, Managing Director

100 years of the Poppy Factory

Founded in 1922 by Major George Howson MC, the organisation’s vision was based on the provision of employment for veterans injured during the First World War. Within weeks of opening, over 40 men were employed. Within the first three years, they numbered more than 100.

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