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Mr Fothergill’s Support Chelsea Pensioners in the 75th anniversary of VE Day

8th May 1945 – Victory in Europe Day – was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it. It meant an end to nearly six years of a war that had cost the lives of millions; had destroyed homes, families, and cities; and had brought huge suffering and privations to the populations of entire countries. It marked an end of World War II. 2020 is the 75th anniversary of this momentous event.

Mr Fothergill’s will continue raising funds with its two special packets of the nation’s favourite Poppy Victoria Cross and Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic. 25p from each packet sold will be donated to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Poppy Victoria Cross (RRP £2.15 for 250 seeds) is a popular choice among gardeners and makes a fitting remembrance symbol with its bold white ‘crosses’ across single red flowers.
Easy to grow and quick to flower from a spring sowing, this form of Papaver somniferum is ideal for informal borders and cottage garden settings.
Its distinctive ‘pepper-pot’ seed heads are also useful in dried arrangements when flowering ends.
Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic (RRP £2.40 for 20 seeds) was named in honour of the famous Chelsea Pensioners red coats and is a delightful blend of red shaded blooms. It can be sown where it is to flower, it’s an outstanding mix of large flowers. Ideal for garden displays and as a cut flower.
Poppy Victoria Cross and Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic are available to buy from selected garden retailers or online at

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