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Read the latest RBLI news and initiatives to support Armed Forces veterans and their families.

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The RBLI Newsletter is back!

We’re delighted to be back and eager to provide our supporters with the latest news, products and services to support our Armed Forces community. In this issue, we reflect on the Remembrance period, and share some exciting news including a Royal visit, updates in Government initiatives to improve veteran support and more.

Armistice Day Service 2022

On 11th November 2022, RBLI staff, residents, and people from the local community gathered together in RBLI’s Garden of Honour to remember the brave souls who have given their lives so that we may experience the freedom and luxuries we have today.

The service was live streamed on RBLI’s Facebook page and included prayers from Rev Ruth Peet, speeches from veterans, and wreath laying from numerous members of the local community including schools, veterans and council members.

RBLI host a Royal visit

Earlier this month, we were honoured to welcome Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie to Royal British Legion Industries, who kindly took the time to see RBLI’s vital care, welfare and employment services delivered to Armed Forces veterans across the UK.

The Princesses came to meet veterans who have completed RBLI’s Lifeworks employability programme after supporting the course earlier in the year at The Big Curry Lunch. They learnt more about how our specialist support helps veterans at all stages of transition to rediscovering independence outside of the military.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support for RBLI.

Growing partnerships, inspirational people and ongoing support for those who need it

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Growing partnerships, inspirational people and ongoing support for those who need it

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Catch up with the latest RBLI news and updates, including our latest Platinum Jubilee bunting milestone, the upcoming Nightrider challenge and a football match hosted by RBLI partners Leyton Orient.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

Last week was Mental Health Awareness week; a week that is extremely important to all of us at RBLI. Many of the veterans we strive to support continue to battle mental health issues, including PTSD, and we will continue to do everything we can to help them through the difficulties they face after leaving the Armed Forces. If you are or know someone finding it difficult returning to civilian life, we are here to help.

It’s never too late to reach out, whether you’re looking to boost your confidence in finding work, looking for housing or feel lost in regards to what to do next; we can help you achieve an independent future. Please call us on 01622 795900 or email enquiries@rbli.co.uk and see how we can help you.

LUXURY CARE SUITES AVAILABLE

GAVIN ASTOR HOUSE

You can now take a virtual tour of our recently refurbished care home with specialist dementia care and 24/7 support.

TAKE A TOUR

APPLETON LODGE

Opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2019, Appleton Lodge provides around the clock support for your loved ones.

BOOK A TOUR

JAMES AWARDED WITH A LIMITED EDITION TOMMY

James has been an incredible inspiration to so many still suffering the effects of PTSD, taking on the mammoth challenge of running 10k every day during the month of March to raise awareness for those still in need of support.

Not only has he raised awareness by completing his challenge, but he has also raised almost £1,000 for RBLI’s Mountbatten Pavilion; a place close to his heart and where he previously spent a lot of his time. We were delighted to present him with his very own special edition James’ Journey Tommy in commemoration of his fantastic achievement.

NIGHTRIDER LONDON 2022

Join the Nightrider London 2022 challenge on 11th–12th June with your friends, family and work colleagues and experience a unique night out, all whilst helping to support our veterans giving them a safe and inclusive community to live, work and learn in. Sign up today and explore London’s most iconic landmarks!

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JUBILEE BUNTING

Celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee have already begun, and thanks to your efforts, we have now reached 50km worth of Jubilee Bunting! That’s 31 miles in length provided to our customers! There are numerous Jubilee products and bundles still available at the RBLI shop. Get yours today!

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LOFC PARTNERSHIP MATCH

This week, RBLI joined Leyton Orient Football Club as they hosted a full 90 minute, 11-a-side football match to celebrate their partnerships and the end of an enjoyable football season!

The two teams included members from various Leyton Orient partnerships and were managed by RBLI’s Falklands veterans, Steve and Alan.

BARRATT DEVELOPMENTS

Long-standing RBLI partner Barratt Developments has once again shown their support for the Armed Forces community – this time recognising the contribution of women to the Armed Forces.

The housebuilder are installing 325 of our veteran-made Women in War figures, produced at RBLI’s Aylesford factory, at their housing sites across the UK.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support for RBLI.
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Royal British Legion Industries, Hall Road, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7NL

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England & Wales: 210063
Scotland: SC048795

Tommy Tea is back for 2022!

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It’s Tommy Tea time once again! Are you celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year? Why not do it with a Tommy Tea and raise vital funds for RBLI?

Gather your guests and host a tea or street party for Her Majesty. You decide where it is and how many people you invite and, most importantly, what’s on the menu!

Over the past two years, our incredible supporters have helped raise £35,000 by holding Tommy Teas, providing services and accommodation for veterans and those with disabilities. Without this income during the height of the pandemic, we just don’t know what we would have done. You kept services running for some of the most vulnerable members in our society, and for that we can’t thank you enough. Your support means the world to us and the veterans we care for!

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 Once you sign up, you can also register to receive the free fundraising pack!
The Jubilee Weekend takes place from 2nd to 5th June, but you can host your tea at the most convenient time for you! You could put a price on all of the goodies, or ask for a donation of their choice per slice? Perhaps you would prefer to ask your guests to pay a set amount to attend the Tommy Tea in exchange for as much as they can eat!

The free fundraising pack includes invites, cake flags and a collection box to help you ‘raise the dough’! The fundraising pack will also be available in our Facebook Community! 👋 Please get in touch if you have any questions and I will be happy to help!

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Decorate for your Tommy Tea
Whether you’re hosting your Tommy Tea in your home, garden or out on your street, get the party started with our Platinum Jubilee decorations! All of our products are made or fulfilled by veterans supported by RBLI.
Platinum Jubilee 2022 Large Flag
Platinum Jubilee 2022 Large Flag
£15.99
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Platinum Jubilee 2022 Window Sticker
Platinum Jubilee 2022 Window Sticker
£4.99
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Platinum Jubilee 2022 Bunting
Platinum Jubilee 2022 Bunting
£12.99
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Platinum Jubilee 2022 Tea Party Bundle
Platinum Jubilee 2022 Tea Party Bundle
£22.99
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Thank you so much for your ongoing support for RBLI.
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Our mailing address is:
Royal British Legion Industries, Hall Road, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7NL

Registered Charity Number:
England & Wales: 210063
Scotland: SC048795

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RBLI CELEBRATE NEW ACHIEVEMENTS IN SUPPORTING ARMED FORCES VETERANS

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Catch up with the latest RBLI news and updates including our recent win at the 2022 Social Value Awards, the grand opening of a new Bambooserie at Great Comp Garden, the much-anticipated Big Fish event and more.
SOCIAL VALUE AWARD WINNERS 2022
Our industry-leading social enterprise factories, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company and Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company were shortlisted amongst three other worthy third sector projects, and we couldn’t be happier to be announced as the winner at tonight’s award ceremony.

As a business leader in the manufacturing space, we are extremely proud of what we have achieved so far, and our commitment to providing meaningful employment opportunities to veterans and people with disabilities will continue for years to come.

THE BIG FISH EVENT

It’s not too late to get your tickets for Bunzl Greenham’s Big Fish event on 27th May 2022! The charity fishing match is a fantastic way to support Armed Forces veterans. Spectators and family members are welcome, making it a fun day out for the whole family with raffle prizes to be won throughout the day.

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JOSHUA’S SLEEP OUT

After spending almost 50 nights sleeping out and raising over £5,000 for homeless veterans, 11-year-old Great Tommy Sleep Out participant, Joshua, concluded his challenge with a tour of the RBLI village in Aylesford, meeting numerous staff and veterans, and spending one final night camping out in the Garden of Honour.

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GREAT COMP GARDEN: BAMBOOSERIE NOW OPEN
MP, Tom Tugendhat, unveiled the new Bambooserie at Great Comp Garden in Sevenoaks last Friday in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Kent and the veterans, volunteers and gardeners who worked together to create this therapeutic environment for former servicemen and women adjusting to civilian life.

This fantastic horticultural project is all thanks to the support received from our partners, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, who’s ongoing commitment to helping military veterans has created a number of opportunities for us to provide housing, employment and welfare support to our vulnerable heroes.

SUPPORT OUR FALKLANDS VETERANS

Commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War with our entire Falklands 40 range including flags, lapel pins, tankards, stickers and more.

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Walk, run, cycle or swim 40 miles during the month of May and together we will honour the lives lost during the Falklands War. Register for FREE today.

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HAPPY VE DAY

Tomorrow (8th May) the world celebrates Victory in Europe, ending the war with Germany in 1945. It was on this day that Winston Churchill made a national radio broadcast announcing the news that the war in Europe had ended following German surrender. He later appeared on the balcony of the Ministry of Health building in London declaring to the huge cheering crowds “This is your victory”.

SEAT UNIQUE VISIT

Last week, RBLI partners, Seat Unique, toured the RBLI village, visiting our social enterprise factory, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, and introducing them to some of the veterans living and working on the village. Seat Unique provide fans of sports, entertainment and hospitality with a secure and easy way to access premium tickets online whilst supporting our Armed Forces veterans.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support for RBLI.
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Royal British Legion Industries, Hall Road, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7NL

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England & Wales: 210063
Scotland: SC048795

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SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY AS WE MOVE CLOSER TO SUMMER

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Catch up with the latest RBLI news and updates including developing care home projects, fundraising events, veteran testimonials and our award-winning Lifeworks course travelling the UK to support our Armed Forces heroes nationwide.

TOUR GAVIN ASTOR HOUSE

You can now take a virtual 360 tour of our recently refurbished care home, Gavin Astor House! With beds still available, our brand new luxury care facility with specialist dementia care provides a calm and friendly environment for your loved ones with around-the-clock support from our team of healthcare professionals.

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LIFEWORKS VISITS HULL

As a result of 24 years in the Royal Navy, Nick suffers from severe arthritis and problems with his spine, hips and joints, and was finding it difficult to find work due to a lack of confidence. Since attending our recent Lifeworks course in Hull, Nick has gained a new found confidence in himself with new employability skills.

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JOIN THE RBLI CYCLE RIDE
Join us from 15th to 17th July for the RBLI Cycle Ride 2022! Ride with a Veteran from Aylesford in Kent to the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres this year! The fully-supported charity bike ride will include accommodation for two nights, lunches and refreshments en route and a celebration dinner on the Friday night; all for an entry fee of £530.

You will be looked after by our professional ride captains, support vehicles, motorcycle outriders, medics and mechanics; all of whom will ensure you have a memorable time and an emotional experience with great camaraderie, food and regular pit stops.

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RNRMC GRANT

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity kindly awarded RBLI with a generous grant to support the brand new refurbishment of Gavin Astor House; our state-of-the-art care facility with specialist dementia care support. With the official re-opening of the care home taking place soon, the grant was a vital and welcome donation to providing the around-the-clock support for those in need of care.

KENT AMBASSADORS

On Wednesday 20th April, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Kent Ambassadors to the RBLI village. The Ambassadors visited various points of interest across the village including our social enterprise factory, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company and our Centenary Village development, which provides independent living accommodation to veterans from all across the UK.

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FALKLANDS 40 RANGE

Commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War with our entire Falklands 40 range including flags, lapel pins, tankards, stickers and more.

SHOP NOW

PLATINUM JUBILEE RANGE

Celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with our commemorative products including bunting, lamp post signs, placemats, lapel pins and more.

SHOP NOW

Thank you so much for your ongoing support for RBLI.
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Copyright © 2022 Royal British Legion Industries, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Royal British Legion Industries, Hall Road, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7NL

Registered Charity Number:
England & Wales: 210063
Scotland: SC048795