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Join us LIVE over on our Facebook Page, at 10am today for an interactive Q&A with Tommy Club Founding Patron, Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE and ‘Declassified’ Podcast host, Michael Coates.

Former Gurkha officer, combat helicopter pilot and Specialist Military Unit officer, Ash is taking on a huge challenge on behalf of RBLI –  completing a full marathon by running more than 4600 lengths of his hotel quarantine room in Sydney, Australia!

Ash is completing this challenge in memory of his grandfather Flt Lt Eddie Preedy RAF, who was a navigator in 617 (Dambusters) Squadron during WW2 and to raise vital funds for the veterans supported by RBLI.

If you would like to find out more about the challenge and support Ash, please visit his JustGiving Page.

Have you got a Tommy in your garden? Want to win an exclusive prize?

We would love to see all of your amazing Tommy gardens!
Be it a Tommy Planter, Plant Pot Tommy, Hedgehog HQ, Tommy Bench or Garden Tommy, head over to our Facebook Page by clicking the button below and comment your photo for a chance to win one of three exclusive prizes!
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Father’s Day is coming! Stuck for gift ideas?

Get a FREE ‘Happy Father’s Day’ Tommy card with the purchase of any item from the RBLI Father’s Day collection. Just use the code FATHERSDAY21 at checkout.

A Tommy would make a perfect gift for a father or grandfather with a military connection, or a supporter of our armed forces and veterans.

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Ever wanted to view the world from a different angle?

Why not sign up for a skydive and raise money to support our veterans. Make an unforgettable memory and experience a euphoric moment!

We have three locations to choose from including Cambridge, Headcorn and Wiltshire. The set date for 2021 is November 7th, if you cannot make this date, fear not we can arrange a date for 2022.

Last year a 100 year old veteran jumped out of a plane to raise money for RBLI and tick another thing off his bucket list – what’s your excuse!?

Sign up by emailing kirsty.fox@rbli.co.uk or via our website 👇

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Thank you Shepherd Neame!

We are so delighted that our amazing partner, Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame, have been able to open their doors again and welcome the Great British Public back!

Did you know that many of their pubs have signed up to Pennies, the Digital Charity Box where customers are invited to make a 25 pence donation to charity when they spend over £30. This simple and fantastic scheme has raised over £9,000 for our work with veterans. Now their doors are back open, every pint and every Sunday roast really does make a difference. What more excuse do you need?!

Thank you Shepherd Neame for always going the extra mile to support our work with veterans and people with disabilities, even throughout the pandemic.

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Royal British Legion Industries Village
Hall Road

Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NL

United Kingdom

there’s lots happening at RBLI

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The first week of June marks the UK’s annual National Volunteers’ Week, an opportunity for organisations to publicly celebrate their volunteers.

Volunteers have made a significant contribution to RBLI for many years. The support various support from our volunteers directly impacts not only the lives of those we support but the wider community too.

Although RBLI’s Volunteering Programme is still largely scaled back in response to the Coronavirus restrictions, we have been fortunate to have some fantastic support from individuals where it has been safe to do so, ensuring that our organisation can continue to provide support to the Armed Forces community, people with disabilities and those who are out of work.

The Team at RBLI are overwhelmed by the dedication and commitment volunteers show across our organisation and would like to extend our thanks to those who have given up their time to support us.

We will be sharing our volunteering stories over on Facebook during Volunteer’s Week, make sure you take a look.

Bee’s on the Village 🐝

Last week RBLI celebrated #WorldBeeDay, by unveiling our new bee hives and allotment project on RBLI Village.

The Positive Pathways – Purpose, wellbeing and independence through gardening project offers veterans the chance to take up gardening, learn how to grow fresh organic fruit and vegetables and discover the art of beekeeping, hopefully produce some honey and also pollen and beeswax that will be used for cleaning and beauty products in RBLI’s own Base Camp Café.

We have opened up this opportunity to our supporters and hope to encourage everyone to come and experience some time on the allotment, from novices to keen gardeners, learn new skills and pass on knowledge with RBLI Veterans.

If you would like to volunteer your services to help with the setting up and running of the allotment, please email lisa.kempton@rbli.co.uk

This project has been funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, part of the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing programme.

🌼 FREE DELIVERY on all orders over £50! 🌼

Use the code ‘HELLOMAY’ for free delivery on orders over £50 until end of May

Each purchase made allows RBLI to provide much-needed support to those who need it most.

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Our veterans have been very busy creating a whole new range of Tommy products to spruce up your garden this Summer.

If you haven’t already, check out the range below!

Small Tommy Planter
Small Tommy Planter
£57.00
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Hedgehog House and Planter
Hedgehog House and Planter
£57.00
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Large Tommy Planter
Large Tommy Planter
£89.99
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Want to be part of Team Brave? 💪

As places start to open up again, so has the events world. We finally have the go ahead to take part in live events. We have several half marathons coming up over the next few months so why not join #TeamBrave and take on a new challenge to beat the lockdown blues.

London Landmarks Half Marathon – Sunday 1 August
Hackney Half Marathon – Sunday 26 September
Royal Parks Half Marathon – Sunday 10 October

There are only a few spaces left on each event so sign up by emailing kirsty.fox@rbli.co.uk or via our website 👇

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Check out the surprise Tommy Football Shirt! ⚽

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RBLI are incredibly proud that Tommy Club Ambassador and England Captain Harry Kane has renewed his shirt sponsorship with Leyton Orient for the upcoming 21-22 season and has dedicated it to RBLI’s Tommy Club.  

“It’s one of the best shirts in the league for sure”
– Harry Kane

Emblazoned with the club crest, the Leyton Orient Home 2021/22 Shirt is engineered with NB DRY, which helps wick moisture away from the skin to help keep you cool no matter what’s happening on the pitch.

10% of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to Tommy Club.

Funds raised will help provide the vital welfare support and employment opportunities that military veterans need to overcome challenges caused by physical or mental disability and regain their independence.

Click the button below to PRE-ORDER your Leyton Orient Tommy Club shirt from the Leyton Orient Online Store today.

Leyton Orient 'Tommy Club' Football Shirt (2021/22)
Leyton Orient ‘Tommy Club’ Football Shirt (2021/22)
£47.99
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Mental Health Awareness Week

Did you know it was Mental Health Awareness Week? There’s no doubt that people’s mental health has taken a toll during the pandemic, not just those of us stuck at home, but also front line workers.

For many of us, the challenges will be eased as the Nation comes out of lockdown and heads back to normality very soon. However, for some people, that might not be the end of it.

In 1919, RBLI’s focus laid with treating WW1 soldiers with tuberculosis, but in today’s world, it’s the mental wounds that are more challenging.

Our range of PTSD patches below have been given to us by one our supporters Tim Brown who got together with RBLI beneficiary Paul Sapsford who was suffering from PTSD.

RBLI set Paul on the road to recovery by putting him through a counselling course and helping him back into employment. Together they have helped us raise funds to help others in the same situation and to support veterans in employment.

Every purchase of a PTSD awareness patch not only helps to raise awareness of the condition, but it helps to fund RBLI’s work in helping veterans with the condition adapt to civilian life, and gain employment.

PTSD Awareness Velcro Patch Pack of 3
PTSD Awareness Velcro Patch Pack of 3
£19.99
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Limited Edition Tommy Patches- Lest We Forget
Limited Edition Tommy Patches- Lest We Forget
£9.99 – £19.99
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Raising PTSD Awareness (Velcro Patch 9)
Raising PTSD Awareness (Velcro Patch 9)
£10.00
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Team Tommy’s Race to Victory Relay

Thank you so much for your support of Team Tommy, Royal British Legion Industries and our veterans, over this VE Day and the Race to Victory challenge.

Together, Team Tommy completed an 868 mile journey and returned home to a triumphant welcome here on the RBLI Village in Aylesford, Kent this past Saturday, VE DAY. We started Tommy’s Race to Victory at our award winning social enterprise, Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, in Erskine and travelled the length of the country to Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, in Kent whilst meeting some truly inspirational WW2 veterans along the way. It was an incredible journey, often battling difficult conditions, that was only achievable because of the support and kindness of the public and communities we met along the way.

On route, the team stopped at cities and key military locations, presenting specially-made VE Day Tommy figures, made by injured veterans working in RBLI’s factories, to notable members of the local military communities. They have raised over £20,000 during their time on the road and received incredible public support along the way, meeting WW2 veterans, Cadets, community supporters, our fantastic corporate partners and event sponsors. The funds raised will go directly to supporting veterans through RBLI’s wide range of welfare, accommodation and employment support services.
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Get your Garden ready for Summer!

Our incredibly popular range of garden products are keeping our veterans very busy indeed. Due to the popularity, we have increased our team of carpenters, who work to produce our wooden range full time so they they can reach your gardens for Summer!

If you haven’t already, check out the range below!

Small Tommy Planter
Small Tommy Planter
£57.00
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Tommy Garden Planter Bench
Tommy Garden Planter Bench
£179.99
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Large Tommy Planter
Large Tommy Planter
£89.99
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Garden Tommy Large
Garden Tommy Large
£116.99
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Wall-Mounted Metal Tommy
Wall-Mounted Metal Tommy
£66.99
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Garden Tommy Medium
Garden Tommy Medium
£74.99
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Royal British Legion Industries Village
Hall Road

Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NL

United Kingdom

THANK YOU To Our Nation’s Nurses! 👏

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Today is International Nurses Day!

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has seen first-hand the vital role that nursing plays in the NHS and public health. The nation is undeniably indebted to those who have risked their lives to provide care, and helped to get us through recent times.

This International Nurses Day, we would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to nurses up and down the country for their ongoing dedication to helping others.

Our range of veteran-made Florence Nightingale gifts bear the face of the founder of modern nursing, and help you to show your appreciation for those to who we owe so much. Browse the collection here, and give a gift to a healthcare worker today.

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Florence Thank You Super Bundle
Florence Thank You Super Bundle
£33.00
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Florence Window Stickers and Badges (Traditional)
Florence Window Stickers and Badges (Traditional)
£10.00
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Florence Lapel Pins (contemporary style)
Florence Lapel Pins (contemporary style)
£12.50
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Florence in the Window (Traditional)
Florence in the Window (Traditional)
£22.00
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Florence in Window (Transparent, Contemporary)
Florence in Window (Transparent, Contemporary)
£22.00
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Florence A1 Poster (Traditional)
Florence A1 Poster (Traditional)
£14.50
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It’s VE DAY 🇬🇧🎉

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Victory in Europe Day is generally known as VE Day in the UK and is a day celebrating the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on 8th May 1945. It was reported that Adolf Hitler, the Nazi leader, had committed suicide on 30th April and during the Battle of Berlin, Germany’s surrender was authorised by Adolf Hitler’s successor, Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz. The act of military surrender was first signed at 02:41 on 7th May in SHAEF HQ at Reims and a slightly modified document was signed on 8th May in Berlin.

Today, 8th May 2021 our nation is remembering VE day during another very difficult period for our country. We are remembering all those who served to win our peace, and all those who gave the greatest sacrifice for our freedom. This is a time when we are facing different threats. More than ever, it is good to remember we have been through difficult times before, and we did it by working together.

This year, Royal British Legion Industries has embarked on the biggest national campaign in its history of more than 100 years to mark VE Day.

Last year, all celebrations were scrapped; the public was left with no way to recognise the iconic 75th anniversary of victory in Europe. And although the inaugural Tommy in the Window campaign enabled the Great British public to commemorate this momentous date in our country’s history, those celebrations were sadly muted.

However, this year, we saw the nation galvanised as part of Tommy’s Race to Victory – a truly national event which has seen RBLI’s iconic Tommy figure travel the length of the UK, stopping at iconic military locations and cities on the way.

#TeamTommy are on their final day of their 800 mile relay between our social enterprises, Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, in Erskine and Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, in Kent.  The Team are now only hours away from arriving at our Village in Aylesford to bring Tommy home for our VE Day celebrations.

On route, the team is stopping at cities and key military locations, presenting specially-made VE Day Tommy figures, made by injured veterans working in RBLI’s factories, to notable members of the local military communities.

You can find out more about the Relay, donate, and track #TeamTommy via our website.

TOMMYS RACE TO VICTORY RELAY
We will be posting a range of VE Day activities across our social media channels today – including #TeamTommy, Tommy’s Race to Victory Relay Team crossing the finishing line at RBLIs Village. Tune in to our Facebook live to show the team your support 👍
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Have a Great VE Day and Share your Celebrations with us!

From all of us at RBLI, we hope you have a great VE Day, and join us in celebrating a remarkable generation.

We would love to see how our supporters are celebrating, and our veterans would love to see your photos of their beautiful products in action.

Click the button below to share your images with us, the best ones may get featured on our social media…

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Help us mark VE Day and go the distance for our Tommie’s!

We are challenging the nation to stand together and show their support for the remarkable generation that won our victory.

Complete, 25km, 50km or 100km over the month of May – you can walk, run, wheel, cycle, scoot or even rollerblade your way through the distance.

It’s FREE to take part, all we ask is that you set up a fundraising page and share it with your friends and family. You also get a FREE Tommy’s Race to Victory technical t-shirt and fundraising pack posted out to you once you’ve set up your fundraiser. PLUS, anyone that hits the fundraising target will receive a limited edition challenge medal!

When?

Start your challenge anytime between now and 31st May

Where?

This event is virtual – you can take part from anywhere in the UK and get your miles in your local area!

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RBLI

Royal British Legion Industries Village
Hall Road

Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NL

United Kingdom