Our Beyond November Poppy Project, part of EDP’s Hidden Gems initiative, is being featured on BBC Spotlight tonight at 6.30pm ahead of our stall at the Devon County Show later this week.
Beyond November engages, employs and empowers people who are out of work, including ex service personnel, towards and into employment and is delivered in partnership with The Royal British Legion. The project developed from EDP’s Hidden Gems initiative which develops entrepreneurial and employment skills through the design, manufacture and marketing of handcrafted products made from recycled metals (see www.edp.org.uk/hidden-gems for more information).
The Beyond November project focuses on making our Copper Poppy Brooches which will be on sale at this week’s Devon County Show and cost £10. £4.00 from the sale of every poppy is donated to The Royal British Legion. A further £4.00 from the sale is reinvested into Hidden Gems. £2.00 is allocated to material, packaging and other direct costs of manufacture.
The income generated by EDP through the sale of the poppies will go towards employing those who have been out of work due to health barriers, including ex service personnel, to make more products for sale.
Bryan, one of Beyond November’s volunteers, was interviewed by BBC Spotlight yesterday and showed them how a poppy is made. Rod Burnett, EDP’s Social Enterprise Development Officer, and Carole Arnold, from The Royal British Legion were also interviewed.
We’ll post a link to the BBC Spotlight piece as soon as we can here.