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Susan Boyle does a stint at charity factory

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​Scots singer helps dispatch five million poppies from Edinburgh ahead of November appeal

Long-standing Poppyscotland supporter Susan Boyle visited Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh this week to help with the dispatch of poppies ahead of the 2014 Scottish Poppy Appeal in November.

Susan met the 40 veterans with disabilities who work at the factory hand-assembling five million poppies and more than 10,000 wreaths every year before helping load some of them on to vehicles to be sent to volunteers across the country.

The singer said: “It was a pleasure to meet the veterans who make poppies all year round for the Scottish Poppy Appeal before sending them to the many volunteers across the country.

“It is a fascinating process and I hope that when the poppies start to appear in our shops, schools and businesses in the coming weeks, the Scottish public will once again show their support.”

Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory manager Charlie Pelling added: “We are delighted that Susan joined us today. The dispatch of poppies for the appeal is an important milestone in our calendar as it marks the culmination of a year of hard work.

“This year we have seen a high demand for wreaths and other Remembrance items because of First World War centenary events and we expect this to continue over the next four years. Susan’s visit gave the guys a real boost.”

Information about the factory and an online wreath ordering facility is available at



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