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Poppy Factory to receive borough’s highest honour

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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The Richmond-based Poppy Factory is expected to be honoured for almost a century of helping ex-service personnel with health problems to find work.

As well as making 7.6 million poppies to be worn by the public each year, the charity works with veterans and businesses across the country to create opportunities for sustainable and rewarding jobs.

Richmond Council is preparing to honour its efforts by making the factory an Honorary Freeman of the Borough.

This is the highest honour the council can bestow, and is currently held by just 28 people and institutions, including borough resident and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

The Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond and the Royal Military School of Music in Twickenham – considered the home of Army music – are the only other non-individuals to hold the title.

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The long list of people the charity has helped includes the 30-strong team of ex-service people and dependants that works all year to make poppies, wreaths and other symbols for the British Legion’s annual appeal.

One member of this team, former tank commander Jamie, developed PTSD as a result of touring in Iraq but has found a new purpose volunteering at the factory

“The support I have received from The Poppy Factory has been great. Coming to work and knowing there are others who have PTSD is reassuring," he said.

The charity has been working since 1922, and moved to Petersham Road in Richmond in 1925, where it remains to this day.

A motion to honour the factory will go before a special meeting of the council on 11 December.

The motion is expected to pass with cross-party support.

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An initiative has been launched to recycle poppies in Guernsey.

The poppies will be collected and then shipped to the UK where they'll be broken down into their component parts and either recycled or re-purposed into new poppies for next year's appeal.

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Chairman of The Royal British Legion in Guernsey, David Wyatt, said it would help raise more for the Poppy Appeal by keeping production costs down.

He says it's also helping to reduce plastic and paper waste in the island.

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