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Gloucester shirtmaker Emma is putting on the style for injured soldiers

By BHawes  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

Emma Willis

Lizzie Knockton, Stuart Croxford, Capt Garth Banks, Emma Willis and Capt Harry Parker

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Gloucester shirtmaker Emma Willis has hosted a seasonal party for some of the injured soldiers she is helping to rehabilitate.

Emma, who also has a base in London's Jermyn Street, heads the charity Style for Soldiers.

She provides free made-to-measure shirts for injured servicemen and women together with hand carved ebony walking sticks with regimental engravings and initials.

The latter are made by Pheonix Walking Sticks in Stroud. The firm is owned by John Faulkner, whose wife Nicola run's Emma's shirt factory, which recently moved from The Cross, Gloucester to 18th century Bearland House, Longsmith Street.

Style for Soldiers held a party at the Purple Door venue in London's Piccadilly attended by more than 150 injured servicemen and women, military leaders and figures from the fashion world.

Emma had met them when she had measured them for shirts at Headley Court Military Hospital in Epsom. She said the party had been a great success.

"We are so grateful for all the thank you emails and letters we have received from servicemen and also medical staff and commanding officers who have all mentioned that it served as a greatly appreciated reunion," she said.

 For details, visit emmawillis.com

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