Style for soldiers
In thanks to the country's servicemen, made-to-measure shirts and beautiful walking canes were the order of the day for Emma Willis
In gratitude for the courage and sacrifice of our service men and women, Emma visits Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre to make a complementary bespoke shirt in our luxury cottons for the patients. We also give to those who use them – of whom there are many – a hand-carved ebony walking stick with a buffalo horn handle, and silver band engraved with their regiment and initials.
The patients were extremely appreciative, taking great trouble to choose their fabrics and style of shirt, and there was great excitement when we arrived with the finished shirts and sticks. We have received many moving letters and emails of thanks, when of course they are the ones to be thanked.
Patron Lisa Armstrong, fashion editor of The Telegraph, and ambassador David Gandy played a valuable role bringing work experience and job opportunities in the fashion business, and attended the popular Christmas reunion parties.
So far we have funded the cost of the shirts and sticks with generous donations from customers and friends. In order to continue making as many shirts and sticks as possible we would be grateful for further donations.
Donations can be made by sending a cheque payable to Style for Soldiers to Emma Willis, 66 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6NY. Alternatively, donate online at styleforsoldiers.com.
ALL proceeds go to making shirts and sticks and not towards any administration costs.
We were honoured to receive support from Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as a Morale Award from the British Forces Foundation, and nominated for the Sun Military Awards 2010 for Support to The Armed Forces for our Style for Soldiers incentive.
Emma Willis was appointed MBE for her services to entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours list.