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Lambeth Palace Remembers
The multi-faith service and event, which welcomed more than 100 guests was the first open-air service in living memory at the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The service was held alongside an installation of 42 black metal ‘Unknown Tommy’ figures, which recognised those who have lost their lives in conflict in each of the Anglican Communion’s 42 provinces covering the 165 countries around the world.

Reverend Angus Aagaard, who led the service and is Chaplain to the 3rd Battalion Military Intelligence unit and an honorary Major in the Battalion, said: “This service recognised that remembrance is a shared experience in communities around the world, both past and present.

Reverends Tosin Oladipo and Angus Aagaard were joined in the service by Padre Rabbi Ariel Abel, CF – Merseyside Armed Forces Cadets, Liverpool; Mandeep Kaur, MBE – Sikh Chaplain to the Armed Forces; Acharya Krishan K Attri, MBE – The Defence Hindu Chaplain and Imam Asim Hafiz, OBE – Islamic Religious Advisor, CDS & Service Chiefs.

Lisa Farmer, RBLI’s Deputy Chief Executive, added: “We owe our thanks to Lambeth Palace for kindly hosting this wonderful event for us. It was an honour to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Archbishop’s representatives and faith leaders to recognise those who lost their lives, as well as those who needed help and support when they returned from conflict.

We raised over £3,000 which is just incredible and will help us continue our vital work with supporting veterans.

As the nation emerges from lockdown, referrals for our support have increased above anything we have known before. Without your help, these veterans are unable to access the support they so urgently need.

“I just don’t even want to think about where I’d be right now, if it wasn’t for RBLI. They have supported me through every step of my recovery and myself and my family are so grateful to them. Without RBLI, I would not be alive today.”

– James, veteran at RBLI

Please consider giving the gift of recovery, a home and a fresh start to those veterans in desperate need.

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Leyton Orient Remembrance Match
The fallen footballing heroes of Leyton Orient were remembered when veterans from Royal British Legion Industries and its Tommy Club joined the club’s spectators at a special Remembrance match on Saturday 30 October.

In a short ceremony in the centre circle before the match at the Breyer Group Stadium, representatives from military charity RBLI commemorated the three former Leyton Orient (the O’s) players who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country during World War One.

Veterans Steve Hammond, who was injured on the Sir Galahad during the Falklands, and George Bradford, a former Royal Marine aged 91, marked the moment in the centre circle, alongside three Tommies, each named after a former player and produced by RBLI’s factory.

Tottenham Hotspur’s captain Harry Kane who started his career at Leyton Orient.

Harry Kane said: “It was incredibly powerful to see the veterans of the Tommy Club honour the three former Leyton Orient players who lost their lives.

“The support for our veterans provided by the Tommy Club is needed now more than ever. They are changing lives every day and I’m delighted to champion their work supporting those who served our nation.”

Thanks to a bucket collection by Tommy Club Champions who generously volunteered their time to help on the day, we raised nearly £1,600 for RBLI, which provides employment for veterans and people with disabilities at a factory in Kent, alongside its village offering homes and care accommodation.

Join the Tommy Club
We are now recruiting compassionate and dedicated individuals to join our ever-expanding teams

Book your place at our recruitment days on the 8th and 18th November

2 daily sessions; 10:00-11:30 and 15:00-16:30
Head to https://gavinastorhouse.co.uk/apply or call 01622 795948

Register now
‘Remembering’ Book Launch
‘Remembering’ follows the diverse, extraordinary, and often harrowing military experiences of four generations of Peter’s family.

Plus personal accounts from the WW1 trenches, Dunkirk, Singapore and Japan. Peter Ketley is a Tommy Club founding patron, a 2 Para Falklands veteran and a Guinness World Record holder as one half of the oldest pair to row across the Atlantic.

Order your copy today
Thank you so much for your ongoing support for RBLI.
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