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New Remembrance Collection

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Our Veterans need Your Support

On the 13th October we launched our new and exciting veterans support club.
Joining us to mark the occasion were Founding Patrons – Antiques Roadtrip regular Raj Bisram, and double Olympic champion Heather Stanning OBE – and a giant (almost 10ft!) Tommy in our Garden of Honour to mark the occasion.
For just £15 a year you can join the Tommy Club and become a Tommy Club Champion. You will be helping to change lives with every penny you raise as a Tommy Club Champion, including your annual subscription, directly supporting veterans with their practical and emotional needs.

In return you will receive exclusive Tommy Club benefits, including your welcome pack with collectable Tommy pin, bi-annual magazine and discounts in the RBLI shop.

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A Note to You from a Founding Patron…

“With such a long family history of military service, RBLI’s important work is close to my heart. The military community has always rallied around each other at times of need, and now it’s the nation’s turn to do the same.

Tommy Club, and Tommy Champions across the UK, will ensure vulnerable veterans of all ages will receive the support they need for years to come.”

Tommy Club Founding Patron
TV explorer and Reservist British Army Officer, Levison Wood

In Remembrance

“This year marks 10 years since our friend, Smudge, was killed in Afghanistan during my husband’s first tour.

“Usually on Remembrance Sunday I stand with pride and tears in my eyes as I watch my husband on parade, dressed in his smart uniform. Every year I have a lump in my throat as I watch him march up to the memorial, lay a cross for Smudge and salute.

“This year I may not be able to watch my husband lay his cross, but we will stand Tommy in our window proudly for everyone to see. This is for Smudge.

“In honour of Sapper Mark ‘Smudge’ Smith. Killed in action. 26th July 2010. Aged 26.”

The Inspirational Work of Our Supporters

We are so grateful for our supporters showing the true Tommy spirit. This morning we received this wonderful picture from Emma, showing her little Tommy saluting the big Tommy!

Little Tommy is proving to be quite the supporter, acting as Chief Fundraising Mascot while Emma takes on our Special Forces Tommy 10k challenge!
Emma’s already managed to raise £150!

Wouldn’t you like to be part of such an amazing, supporting Tommy Club community?

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Our New Remembrance Collection

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Are you ready to join the Tommy Club?

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Are you ready to join the Tommy Club?

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Today, the former Head of the British Army and Founding President of the Tommy Club Lord Richard Dannatt calls on you, to join his new veterans’ support club.

The Tommy Club will ensure the stories of yesterday are shared with the next generation, and those heroes who risked their lives in conflict for our precious freedoms are looked after for many years to come. Together, we will raise crucial funds for ex-servicemen and women and help them into work.

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Improving the Lives of our Nation’s Heroes

There has never been a more important time for us to commit our support to the veterans of today and make certain that we can be here for them for decades to come.

From elderly WW2 heroes who risked their lives to win us our precious freedoms, to the young ex-servicemen and women who suffered devastating injuries and trauma during more recent conflicts, we want to be here for them in their moment of need.

And it’s you, together with fellow Tommy Club Champions from all over this country, who can make this happen. Together we can ensure these heroes are never isolated and never left behind. 

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What’s in the Tommy Club Pack?

Your £15 a year to The Tommy Club means you automatically become a Tommy Club Bronze Champion. Your Welcome Pack will include:

  • Official Welcome Letter from our President
  • Tommy Club Bronze lapel pin
  • Tommy Club Bronze Champion card
  • Tommy Bronze Champion Sticker
  • Thank you from our veterans

As a Tommy Club Bronze Champion, you will also receive:

  • Discounts on our shop and from our partners
  • Monthly updates about the people who are benefiting from funds raised from The Tommy Club
  • Access to products on our shop exclusive to Tommy Club Champions
  • An exclusive bi-annual online magazine
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You will Help Veterans get Back to Work

Remember, every Tommy Club welcome pack is made and sent to you by veterans working in RBLI’s social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company. That means by becoming a Tommy Club Champion, you not only raise crucial funds to provide homes and crucial welfare support to our nation’s heroes but also provide them with the rewarding employment opportunities they need to lead fulfilling independent lives. Tommy is saving veterans’ lives today.

The Inspirational Work of Tommy Club Supporters

We are so grateful for our Tommy Club supporters showing the true Tommy spirit. As part of our recent ‘Tommy Tea’ fundraising event, Stephen Shaw from Southampton created and delivered 77 individual tea and sandwich parcels to armed forces veterans living alone in his local area. A tea time Zoom event was hosted to unite the local veterans – no one need have their tea alone. Stephen was even kind enough to give each veteran their very own Tommy Pin in their parcels; what a shining example of a Tommy Club supporter!

Wouldn’t you like to be part of such an amazing, supporting community?

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We have a big announcement to make

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Fri, Oct 9, 11:00 PM (10 hours ago)

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THE TOMMY CLUB IS COMING SOON…

Everything we do helps deliver the best possible employment, welfare and housing for those veterans who are most in need.

Now we need you to join us and ensure their legacy is passed through the generations, their sacrifice never forgotten.

Keep an eye on our social media for more information next week!

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We have loved hearing your Tommy stories!
Please keep them coming to mystory@rbli.co.uk!

In Rememberance of Private Arthur Walker, Yorkshire Regiment.
The battalion was stationed in the Ypres salient in July 1917.
He had only been on the western front a month when he died from wounds received.
Aged 31 years  17th July 1917
My husband and I found Arthur’s grave, a truly special day for us.
Sharon honouring Arthur’s memory at his grave in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium on the 17th July 2019.
Arthur was my granny’s cousin.

Thank you Sharon for your wonderful picture and story of Arthur.

“Our garden Tommy stands under an Olive Tree, a symbol of peace in memory of all our brave servicemen and woman.
Lest we forget.”

Thank you to the Haywood family for sharing their Plant Pot Tommy in the perfect resting place.

IN HONOUR OF WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Saturday 10th October 2020

Here at RBLI we have 100 years of supporting veterans with mental health challenges, such as PTSD.

Friends of RBLI Paul Sapsford and Tim Brown have raised money and awareness of PTSD, a challenge faced by so many, with their velcro patches. Paul’s world was turned upside down when he came into contact with live wires in 2005. He only survived thanks to a quick-thinking apprentice who knocked him off his ladder.

Struggling to come to terms with the experience, Paul found himself out of work before eventually being diagnosed with PTSD. The pair have since raised nearly £40,000 selling these patches for our charity.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUN THE TOMMY 10K TO GET THE T-SHIRT
(BUT WE’D LOVE IT IF YOU DID!)

BUY YOUR TOMMY SPORTS TSHIRT
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Are you ready to be inspired?

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE TOMMY 10K?

 Get moving, challenge yourself and raise vital funds for our most vulnerable veterans.

What is the Tommy 10k? You can walk, run or wheel 10k between the 14th October – 14th November. There are various different difficulty levels depending on your fitness and ability. We have something for everyone!  🏃

It’s free to take part and you get a free Tommy 10k technical t-shirt. Join our Facebook community of others taking part in the event, swapping tips, tricks and motivation. 🎽

 All we ask is that you set up a fundraising page and share with your friends and family. 👍

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WE ASKED YOU, HOW WILL YOU REMEMBER THEM?

AND YOU REPLIED…

Sapper Thomas Henry Frewer served in 295 Army Field Coy Royal Engineers, and was sadly was killed in action 17th September 1942 at El-Alamein, aged 22.There is no grave for family to go to, but they have been to the El-Alamein cemetery & laid a wreath at the memorial with his name on.

Thank you Val Alderidge for sharing the poignant and lasting memory of your uncle.

“In remembrance of both our parents who were in WW2.”
An Unknown Tommy stand proudly outside the house of Jenny & Nick. A daily reminder of those who gave their tomorrow for our today.

Lest we forget.

SHARE YOUR TOMMIES WITH US

LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY ON OUR WALL OF HONOUR

We want you to come together, share this experience and preserve a memory for future generations.

The Wall of Honour, in RBLI’s historic memorial garden, gives you the opportunity to have your name, family, a friend or loved one, engraved onto a commemorative plaque.

‘HELP US REMEMBER THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR YESTERDAYS FOR OUR TODAYS’

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How will you remember them?

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HOW WILL YOU REMEMBER THEM?
Remembrance Sunday, 8 November 2020, is fast approaching and we know this year may be a little different to usual. But that won’t stop us all celebrating, honouring and remembering.

And what about this inspirational display from Suzie and Martin Orrell in East London! Using our Plant Pot Tommies and with some help from renowned graffiti artist A.Dee (also known as the Artful Dodger), they have created a stunning tribute to Suzies Grandfather, Remembrance Sunday and to respect for all those who gave their tomorrow for our today. 

Suzies Dad, who is now 78 years old, lost his Father on 17th March 1945 – three days after his third birthday. They believe he was fighting in North Africa with Montgommery’s Desert Rats, fell ill and somehow ended up in St John Hospital in Jerusalem. In early 2012, Suzie heard her Dad say the words “Hi Dad” for the very first time, at the grave site in Ramleh Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR TOMMY TEA SUPERSTARS!
Wow, what an incredible turn out we’ve had! So many people have been busy raising a cup (and vital funds) for our Tommies.

You’ve been so creative in ways to hold your Tommy Tea and we are seriously impressed. From bring your own picnic, cake deliveries and Zoom call parties. The rule of 6 hasn’t stopped anyone. Keep sharing your photos and top tips to inspire those yet to hold their tea!

Many of our supporters have asked if they can still hold a Tommy Tea – and the answer is of course YES PLEASE!

Tommy Teas will continue to be held well into November and we are here to support you. We have everything from recipe cards to social distancing tea tips.

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THESE TWO ARE IN COMPETITION FOR THE BEST DRESSED TEA PARTY…

We have another Tommy sighting! This time at Jo Porter from Whittlesey Green’s Tommy Tea! Both her VE Day and VJ Day Tommy decided to make an appearance. 👀 Thank you so much for holding such a successful (and socially distanced) Tommy Tea Jo! ☕
With Nephews that served in the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and a Son joining the Welsh Guards, Sharon Major loved the idea of holding a Tommy Tea.What an incredible job she’s done, raising £625 so far! 😆
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