Last week, the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), of which Mr Amess is a trustee, held a 24 hour charity cycle ride in the Houses of Parliament to raise money for The Poppy Factory. The IPT were supported over the course of 24 hours with help from over 40 MPs, Mr Speaker, the Deputy Sergeant-in-Arms and even Military Wives!
Since 1922, The Poppy Factory (formerly the Disabled Society) has employed wounded, injured and sick ex-service personnel in its factory, and in recent years has expanded its work to facilitate employment of wounded, injured and sick ex-service men and women throughout the UK. The Richmond Factory itself employs 47 members of staff, who are responsible for the manufacture of poppies, wreaths and Remembrance crosses in the lead up to Remembrance Day.
The Poppy Factory today offers a comprehensive career support package to help wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women find and sustain civilian employment.
Mr Amess was delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile project and exclaimed, “I only wish I could have gone further! This project is really very worthy of MPs time and I can’t praise the IPT highly enough for putting on such a good project.”