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There But Not There – the year in review

From the There But Not There organization.


There But Not There 2018
In 2018, Remembered launched the There But Not There project to:

Commemorate those who died in the First World War through art installations wherever there is a Roll of Honour.
Educate all generations, particularly the young, to learn from and recognise the sacrifice made by so many service personnel.
Heal today’s veterans who are suffering from the mental and physical wounds of their services.

As we head into 2019, we want to share our 2018 highlights with you.

Our silhouettes were installed in 3,500 communities around the UK.
We teamed up with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to ensure all communities that wanted to remember their Fallen could host a commemorative installation in their local area. Uniformed youth groups, schools, places of worship and community spaces around the country returned figures back to the spaces they left behind 100 years ago.
We shared educational resources with 24,000 schools
Our educational resources were downloaded by schools around the country, helping to support the teaching of the First World War in both primary and secondary classrooms and encouraging the younger generation to better understand the true impact of war.
Our Tommies have been taken into more than 80,000 homes
Our incredible success on the first day of our campaign has continued through the year and it’s wonderful to know that so many families are using our Tommies to remember family members or loved ones who served in the First World War and conflicts since.
We have taken our campaign to Downing Street, The Treasury and to Parliament
Over 120,000 of you signed our petition to return the VAT charged on our Tommies. Thanks to your support, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that a donation equivalent to the VAT will be made to our beneficiaries. This is wonderful news and means that even more money is raised with each Tommy sold. Thank you.
Our 6ft Tommies have been installed in some truly iconic locations 
From the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Millennium Stadium and Lords Cricket Ground, governmental and sporting institutions have shown their support for our campaign.
… As well as internationally – in the USA, Canada and Australia
And we ended the year with a Millie!

We were over the moon to win the award for ‘Support for the Armed Forces at The Sun Military Awards in December. This is in no small part down to the incredible backing we have received from our supporters, so thank you for being part of our campaign. 

Here’s to 2019!
We have had an incredible year and we cannot wait to share our plans for next year with you. We are continuing to sell our remaining Tommies, to remember those who were still suffering after the end of the war and to raise money for veterans who need our support today.
Buy your Tommy
You can still buy your Tommies in-store at the following locations:

  • WHSmith high street stores (please ask at the counter)
  • John Lewis stores in: Welwyn Garden City, Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh
  • Selected Timpson stores (see our website)
Buy Your Tommy Online Now
Copyright © 2018 Remembered, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Remembered
33 Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Buy your Tommy in time for Christmas

From the There But Not There organization.


Get your Tommy in time for Christmas
Our Tommies make great Christmas gifts for anyone in the military or with an interest in history. Not only are you buying a gift to remember the fallen, you are also helping raise money for our six beneficiary charities – so your purchase really is a gift for good.

As well as being a great gift, your Tommy purchase will help us #BringTommyHomeForXmas.

18,355 people died between 12th November and 31st December 1918 from sporadic fighting, wounds sustained during the war and the influenza pandemic. After surviving the war, none of these people made it home for Christmas in 1918.

Order by tomorrow, Monday 17th December, to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.
Please note, if you ordered a Golden Ticket Tommy, you will receive your standard classic Tommy it in the next few days. If you won – congratulations! Your winning Tommy will also arrive this week.
Buy Your Tommy Now
We Won A Millie!
We are delighted and proud to say that this week, we won the Support for the Armed Services award at The Sun Military Awards.

We were nominated alongside TechVets and Give Us Time, both of whom do brilliant work in this sector.

Our small team has been committed to commemorating those who fought in the First World War and raising money for incredible military charities, so winning a Millie is a huge honour.

Your support over this past year has been invaluable and we want to say a big thank you!

Buy in-store
You can still buy your Tommies in-store at the following locations:

  • WHSmith high street stores (please ask at the counter)
  • Peter Jones, Sloane Square
  • John Lewis, Oxford Street
  • Selected Timpson stores (see our website)

Keep an eye on our website and social media for announcements of further locations.

Copyright © 2018 Remembered, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Remembered
33 Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Can you help Bring Tommy Home for Christmas?

From the There But Not There organization.


Help us bring Tommy home for Christmas
We are delighted to be stocked in Peter Jones, Sloane Square and in John Lewis, Oxford Street – and we’re hoping to see our Tommies in more stores around the country soon!
18,355 people died between 12th November and 31st December 1918 from sporadic fighting, wounds sustained during the war and the influenza pandemic. After surviving the war, none of these people was able to make it home for Christmas in 1918.

This December, we want to bring Tommy home for Christmas and we need your help!

If you can volunteer at Peter Jones in Sloane Square, London or John Lewis, Oxford Street, London, please reply to this email and let us know your availability.

If you might be available to volunteer elsewhere, please let us know when and where and we’ll be in contact if we’re in a John Lewis store near you.

Remembering the 18,355
Any Tommies bought this December will come with a link to our Remembrance Wall. Here you can generate a name, from the 18,355 servicemen and women from Britain and the Commonwealth who died, to remember.

Purchase your Tommy from our website and help #BringTommyHomeForXmas.

Copyright © 2018 Remembered, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Remembered
33 Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Continuing to Remember

From the There But Not There organization.


Continuing to Remember
We have been touched by the many stories we received from our supporters about their Armistice commemorations. Seeing our Tommies and silhouettes at the centre of your communities was incredible – thank you for your support!
Keep Remembering
It is right that we come together every November to remember those who died in conflicts around the world, but for those who have come back from recent conflicts with physical or mental wounds, or for those whose family members did not return, the need for support remains.
Our beneficiary charities provide support to veterans and their families throughout the year. Whether as a personal token of remembrance, or as a Christmas ‘Gift for Good’, our Tommies will make a difference to veterans today. Purchase yours here.
Golden Ticket Tommies
We have had support from some incredible high profile supporters this year and now many of them are supporting our Golden Ticket promotion.

Purchase a Tommy via our Golden Ticket page and you could win a signed thank you from Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Red Arrows, Warwick Davis and many others. 

Walking Home for Christmas
Walking Home For Christmas

This year we’re supporting Walking Home For Christmas, from two of our beneficiaries, Walking With The Wounded and Help for Heroes. We hope that all our supporters will sign up for free to support the walk, raising vital funds for veterans and their families who are at risk, including those who are socially isolated, unemployed or struggling with mental health problems this Christmas.

Calling all photographers!

As part of our involvement, we will be running a photography competition for the duration of the campaign. We want all of you to sign up to the walk and take your 10″Tommy with you, to capture the best image of our Tommy on your route home. All entries will be judged by the artist behind the There But Not There campaign, Martin Barraud, with a winner announced across our channels before Christmas!

Entries can be sent through to supporters@tbnt.org.uk, or by tagging us with the hashtag #WalkingTommyHome.

Sign up for the challenge at Walking Home For Christmas and start your own team to raise as much money as possible, and get creative with your Tommy!

If you are unable to take part in the walk, you can still support the great work these two charities do by buying a Tommy.

Copyright © 2018 Remembered, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Remembered
33 Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Arnie, Harry and the Red Arrows ask you to support There But Not There

From  the “There But Not There” organization.


A thank you for your support
This has been a special weekend of Remembrance as the nation marked exactly 100 years since the Armistice in 1918. Your support this year, particularly over the last few weeks, has been invaluable and we wanted to say thank you.
Just because Remembrance Weekend is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean that the need for our work is closing too. In fact, veterans need support year round and we must work to fund that vital support.

We have some special supporters helping us do just that:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harry Kane, Michel Vorm, Moussa Dembele, Alun Wyne Jones, Michael Hooper, Blake, Bear Grylls, Ben Fogle, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Warwick Davis, Phil Campion, Lorraine Kelly, James Blunt, the Red Arrows, Levison Wood, Laura Wright and Jason Fox

Thanks to their support, if you now purchase one of our original 10″ Tommies and you can enter a draw to win:

  • A second special engraved classic Tommy
  • A personal written thank you from the individual whose draw you entered, with a photo

Please note, you will receive your classic original Tommy within 2 weeks of purchase. Winners will be notified after 3rd December and you can find out more about the promotion on our Golden Ticket page.As always, all profits raised through sales of our Tommies will contribute directly to the work carried out by our beneficiary charities.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tottenham Hotspurs and England Captain Harry Kane.
How did you remember this weekend?
We know that many of you had Tommies or silhouette installations at the centre of your commemorations. We would love to hear how you remembered the fallen of WWI this weekend.

Please reply to this email with your stories and pictures and we’ll send out a round up later this week.

Copyright © 2018 Remembered, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Remembered
33 Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

We did it!

From the There But Not There organization.


With your help, we did it!
In our newsletter on Friday, we asked for your support in our campaign to convince the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to return the VAT charged on our Tommies.

We are delighted to say that in the Budget Mr Hammond announced that a donation equivalent to the VAT will be made. There has never been a better time to buy a 10″ Tommy, knowing they have never been more valuable to our charity.

We are incredibly grateful for your support and would like to thank everyone who signed the petition and wrote to their MP.

Tommies available in WH Smith
We are also happy to say that our 10″ Tommies and Tommy lapel pins are now available in WH Smith high street stores!

If you prefer to buy in person or just want to make sure you get a pin or a Tommy in time for Remembrance Day, pop into your local store and pick one up!

Copyright © 2018 Remembered, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Remembered
33 Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Get Behind There But Not There this month!

From the “There But Not There” organization.


Get behind us this month!
It has been a very busy month here at Remembered HQ. We launched in Australia and we been overwhelmed by the support for our petition asking HMRC to return the VAT on on our Tommies! 
Help us save our VAT
After nearly a year of dedicated fundraising, we will have to pay more in VAT to HMRC than to our beneficiary charities. The money that is currently earmarked for the Treasury could make such an impact on the lives of veterans and those who need support.

You can help us in two ways:

  1. Sign and share our petition asking Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to return the VAT
  2. Our request has been tabled as an Early Day Motion by the Right Honourable Ruth Smeeth MP and we need your help to get signatures. You can find out who your MP is here and email them, asking them to support Early Day Motion 1740. It only takes 5mins to find your MP and let them know why this is important to their constituents

Thank you so much for your support!

Our Australian Launch
We are delighted to announce that There But Not There has launched in Australia!

Our silhouettes are now appearing all over Sydney, to commemorate the Australian men and women who died in the First World War.

If you are based in Australia, we would love you to send us pictures of the ‘Diggers’ you spot around the country in the run up to Remembrance Day.

Australian purchases of our 10″ ‘Digger Figures’ raises money for The Invictus Games Foundation and The Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL). If you’re an Australian reader, you can purchase your Digger on our website.

If you have Australian family or friends, please do forward this newsletter to them – we’d love to see their pictures!

Fundraising Day
On Wednesday 10th October, the Remembered team and many brilliant volunteers spent the day at various tube stations across London, sellingpin badges and raising money.

We are delighted to announce that we raised over £19,000! So we want to say a massive thank you to our volunteers and to everyone who donated.

Tommy Stories
We recently went to visit several people to talk about why their Tommy was important for them and have been sharing the videos over the last couple of weeks.

This week, we meet Jamie, a primary school teacher who uses our educational resources to get his students thinking about the different men who fought and the nature of sacrifice.

Last week, we met Martin, as he trained for the Invictus Games and shared how important the support of military charities has been for him and his family. This week, he won gold in the Men’s Heavyweight IP6, lifting 206kg – the heaviest weight the Invictus Games has ever seen lifted!

We also met Joyce, who never met her uncles who fought in the First World War and loves sharing her family stories with her grandchildren.If you haven’t seen them yet, we really encourage you to watch – they are a powerful and poignant reminder of why we do what we do.

October Updates
On the Remembered Podcast this month, we have spoken to:
Tom Lacey about his grandfather’s post-war recovery
Robin Clutterbuck about the global theatres of war
Stephen Bourne about the experience of black and gay communities
Guy de Beaujeu about bringing Journey’s End to the big screenYou can subscribe to the podcast via SoundCloudStitcher and iTunes and we would really appreciate you leaving a review as this helps us spread the word.

We’ll be back next month with more news and stories. In the meantime, don’t forget you can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more regular updates.

Copyright © 2018 Remembered, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Remembered
33 Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR