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Mr Fothergill’s donates £24,000 to Royal Hospital Chelsea from Poppy Victoria Cross sales

August 14th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

Dave Carey with RHC Cheque

Retail sales of seed of Mr Fothergill’s Poppy Victoria Cross this spring (January to June 2014) have netted more than £24,000 for the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners, in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.  The Suffolk seedsman has also announced it will continue to support the organisation for at least another four years – until the centenary of the end of hostilities in 2018.  Mr Fothergill’s pledges 25p to the Royal Hospital’s charity from every packet of 250 seeds priced at £1.85 it sells via its retail stockists during 2014.

Presenting a cheque for £24,462.50 to Chelsea Pensioner William ‘Paddy’ Fox, Mr Fothergill’s Seeds joint-managing director David Carey, said “Sales of Poppy Victoria Cross have been phenomenal this spring, making it our biggest selling variety.  It just shows the huge support there is for our former armed service personnel among Britain’s millions of gardeners.”

Royal Hospital Chelsea fundraising manager Kate Marsh said: “On behalf of the Chelsea Pensioners, I would like to say how delighted we are to receive this incredibly generous donation from the sales of Mr Fothergill’s Poppy Victoria Cross seed.   The funds raised will help us to provide the very best care and service to the Chelsea Pensioners, many of whom are taking part in First World War remembrance services across the country this year.

“Our sincere thanks to Mr Fothergill’s for their support and we hope more people are inspired to grow their beautiful Victoria Cross poppies.”

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’, the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692.  The scarlet tunics and black tricornes of its residents and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Flower Show held in the Royal Hospital grounds every May are equally well known and respected around the world.

Mr Fothergill’s customers salute the Chelsea Pensioner’s Poppy Victoria Cross

April 8th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

Mr Fothergill’s campaign to raise funds for the work of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War (2014) has undoubtedly struck a chord both with its retail stockists and their customers.

Chelsea Pensioners with Poppy Victoria CrossThere are 1,000 stockists of the counter-top display units of fund-raising Poppy Victoria Cross around the UK, including Homebase and many leading garden centres.  And with a pledge of 25p to the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s charity from every packet of 250 seeds priced at £1.85, a sum of £11,000 has already been raised just a few weeks after the initiative’s launch.

“The support our campaign has received both from our stockists and from gardeners has been quite remarkable,” says Mr Fothergill’s product manager David Turner.

“We have had to reprint packets and display units to keep up with demand from our retailers.  It is great to know our customers are backing the work of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Appeal”.

Poppy Victoria Cross is remarkable for the bold white ‘cross’ it bears across its single red flowers, which are borne through the summer.  Easy to grow and quick to flower from a spring sowing, this form of Papaver somniferum is ideal for informal borders and cottage garden settings.  Its distinctive ‘pepper-pot’ seedheads are also useful in dried arrangements when flowering ends.

Established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’, the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692.  The scarlet tunics and black tricornes of its residents and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show held in the Royal Hospital grounds every May are equally well known and respected around the world.

The Royal Hospital’s fund-raising manager Kate Marsh explained “Donations from the sale of Mr Fothergill’s Victoria Cross Poppy will enable us to improve the facilities and living conditions of the Chelsea Pensioners as well as helping us to secure a future for those young soldiers serving in the British Army today”

Mr Fothergill’s Victoria Cross award to the Chelsea Pensioners

January 29th, 2014 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

The world-famous Royal Hospital Chelsea is set to benefit from the sale of seed of an attractive poppy called Victoria Cross.  Suffolk seedsman Mr Fothergill’s has pledged 25p to the Royal Hospital’s charity from every packet of 250 seeds priced at £1.85 it sells via its retail stockists during 2014.

Mr Fothergill's support Royal Hospital Chelsea

Poppy Victoria Cross, already a popular variety with Britain’s gardeners, is remarkable for the bold white ‘cross’ it bears across its single red flowers, which are borne through the summer.

Easy to grow and quick to flower from a spring sowing, this form of Papaver somniferum is ideal for informal borders and cottage garden settings.  Its distinctive ‘pepper-pot’ seedheads are also useful in dried arrangements when flowering ends.

Established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’, the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692.  The scarlet tunics and black tricorns of its residents and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Flower Show held in the Royal Hospital grounds every May are equally well known and respected around the world.

Poppy Victoria Cross

Mr Fothergill’s joint managing director David Carey said he was proud his company was to recognise and aid the support and care the Royal Hospital Chelsea offers to today’s military veterans.  “The imminent centenary of the start of World War One brings into focus the debt we continue to owe to those who defend us,” said David.

The Royal Hospital’s fundraising manager Kate Marsh explained “The Royal Hospital, and the famous scarlet-coated Chelsea Pensioners who live within it, stand as the very embodiment of the military covenant made between the nation and those who serve in its army so selflessly, willing if necessary to make the ultimate sacrifice.  Donations from the sale of Mr Fothergill’s Victoria Cross Poppy will enable us to improve the facilities and living conditions of the Chelsea Pensioners as well as helping us to secure a future for those young soldiers serving in the British Army today.”

Pictured from left to right above: Tim Jeffries (Mr Fothergill’s), Gordon Sanders,  James Anderson, David Carey (Mr Fothergill’s)