Sales of seed of Mr Fothergill's Poppy Victoria Cross have now resulted in a massive £39,823 being raised for the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners. The Suffolk seedsman will continue to support the organisation until at least the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018. Mr Fothergill's donates 25p to the Royal Hospital's charity from every packet of 250 seeds priced at £1.99 it sells through its retail stockists.
Rachael Ferguson, corporate partnerships officer of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, was presented with a cheque for £15,360.75, the value of sales so far in 2015, when she attended Mr Fothergill's annual Press Day. She said: “The support of Mr Fothergill’s and their customers has been truly overwhelming. We are deeply thankful to them for helping us offer a fitting home and the highest possible care to the Chelsea Pensioners, the nation’s veterans.”
"We are thrilled about our links to the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It an inspiration, from its caring staff and impressive setting to the Chelsea Pensioners themselves. Our staff and the nation's gardeners are committed in their efforts to raise money, and it is heartening that our retail stockists also want to know how much we have raised together for the cause", commented Mr Fothergill's commercial director Tim Jeffries.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea is celebrating National Care Home Open Day 2018 on Friday 20th April, by opening the doors to its dedicated care facility – the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (MTI).
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