St Albans woman to take part in Santa fun run to raise money for disabled veterans

A St Albans woman is gearing up to take part in next year’s Santa Run to raise money for disabled veterans.

Amy Jankiewicz is taking part in the fun run on Sunday, December 8 alongside her work colleagues from The Poppy Factory in Richmond.

They are being joined by other supporting organisations haysmacIntyre and QVC to make up a team of 30 Santas, all running to raise funds for The Poppy Factory’s work to help disabled veterans back into work.

The Santa Run requires each entrant to dress in a Santa costume and run a 5 or 10km course.

Widely known and recognised for making the iconic poppy, providing work for disabled veterans since 1922 and for disabled dependents, in recent years The Poppy Factory has extended its remit to help wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women to find sustainable employment in the communities where they live around the UK.

With the vision that ’no disabled veteran who wants to work should be out of work’, the seven Santas are putting down their poppies, polishing their boots, growing their beards, donning Santa suits and seeking sponsors to help them on their quest.

Amy Jankiewicz, Business Development Manager since October 2012, served as a Captain in the Royal Corps of Signals from 2005 to 2009.

She said: “The last 12 months have been the happiest of my professional life. I am so proud of the job we do helping disabled veterans get back to work; I feel very privileged to be part of this amazing charity.

“We spend all year encouraging other people to fundraise for us, it only seems right to get involved and give something back myself.”

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