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Celebrating VE Day 75 with The Poppy Factory

This Friday, 8th May, will mark 75 yrs since the end of World War 2. It’s an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to joyfully celebrate as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe.

I’m honoured to be the Vice Patron of The Poppy Factory, a charity which works tirelessly to support injured, wounded and sick veterans into civilian work.

Right now, there are many veterans with significant health barriers who are struggling to find employment after leaving the Armed Forces. The Poppy Factory has launched a brilliant campaign to help change 100 lives.

This is why this Friday’s Small Business Tea Party will commemorate #VEDay75 and I’m asking everyone to donate £5 to The Poppy Factory “Help Us Change a 100 Lives Campaign”. As part of the 100 Lives campaign, our Poppy themed, Communi-tea picnic this week, and it will be at the earlier time of 2 pm. So it’s all about the picnic’ so dust off your table clothes, shine up your cake stand, invite the household and pets – it’s picnic time. And as ever, we would love to see your pictures of how you create a VE day picnic special.

I do hope you’ll all join me to support this incredible campaign.

It costs The Poppy Factory £3,394 to support one veteran. This may seem like a lot, but they’re not a light touch organisation. The veterans they help are often really struggling in life. Hit rock bottom.

They support veterans long-term to help them find the right jobs in their own communities; helping them thrive in the civilian workplace, significantly improving their confidence, health and wellbeing.

The work they do is nothing short of incredible and I am incredibly proud to help them in any way I can. Please make a note in your diary and look at for stories for the rest of the week to see how you can get involved.

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