Mr Fothergill's, who last year became the first Corporate Patrons of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, is looking for a name for a new mixture of sweet peas it is launching to raise funds for the Royal Hospital, and has turned to the British public to nominate their favourite name. The sweet peas, a blend of varieties in various shades of red, will be launched for the 2016/17 season, with the Royal Hospital receiving 25p for every packet of 20 seeds priced at £1.99 the Suffolk seedsman sells.
Staff at Mr Fothergill's were asked to nominate their favourite names and the top three were Lest We Forget, Remembrance and Scarlet Tunic. The company is now asking members of the public and the Chelsea Pensioners themselves to vote for one of these three names.
To cast a vote online, visit Mr Fothergill's on Facebook and comment on its post to state a preference.
The closing date is Monday, 29 February 2016. The winning name will be announced by 15 March 2016.
Mr Fothergill's relationship with the Royal Hospital Chelsea has resulted in it being appointed its first Corporate Patron in recognition of its fundraising activity for the London home for military veterans. Since 2014 Mr Fothergill's has donated 25p for every packet of seed it sells of poppy Victoria Cross. To date the Royal Hospital has received more than £39,000 from the promotion.
The Chelsea Pensioners have paraded at the Royal Hospital Chelsea's Founder's Day on 8 June, reviewed by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex.
Every year the Chelsea Pensioners are welcome guests on the Channel Islands, for a celebration of history, Liberation and reconciliation.