Coach firm teams up with war veterans charity in Sheffield

National Express & The Poppy Factory
National Express & The Poppy Factory
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A veteran’s charity has joined forces with a Sheffield transport station to support people injured in service.

The manager of coach firm National Express’ operations at Sheffield Interchange – himself an RAF veteran – has unveiled the link between the company and charity The Poppy Factory.

The association is part of National Express’ ‘military promise’, a commitment to supporting people who have served in the Armed Forces.

As part of its work with the charity, which produces millions of Remembrance poppies every year, National Express is supporting Poppy Factory users with job interview training sessions and paid work placements, including at the Pond Square-based Coach Station.

Nick, aged 29 and who lives in Chesterfield, explains the challenges associated with life after service.

He said: “It makes me really proud National Express has launched this scheme and it’s fantastic to join forces with The Poppy Factory to help support veterans.

“Life in the Armed Forces equips you with loads of transferable skills – but often people don’t realise it.

“The National Express scheme will give veterans a real insight into the working world with one of the UK’s most recognisable companies but importantly, it will also help give them the confidence to help identify the skills they already have and really stand out to employers.”

The Poppy Factory chief executive Melanie Waters added: “No disabled veteran who wants to work should be out of work. We’re really grateful for the support of National Express who enable us to support veterans in finding sustainable and rewarding employment.”