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Friend RBLI welcomes its new Chief Executive, Lisa Farmer

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RBLI looks forward to many exciting times ahead
As we enter into March, we are excited to jump into another month of fundraising, partnerships and support for all of our Armed Forces Veterans.

The Great Tommy Sleep Out has now launched, with many people sleeping out under the stars to raise money for homeless veterans, RBLI veteran, James, starts his 10k a day challenge to raise awareness of PTSD, and RBLI’s new Chief Executive, Lisa Farmer, begins her new role in expanding RBLI into further success. We look forward to many exciting times ahead!

Lisa Farmer appointed as new RBLI Chief Executive
RBLI’s very own Lisa Farmer has now begun her new role as the new Chief Executive following her successful appointment by the Board of Trustees on 8th February 2022. RBLI Chair of Trustee’s, Steve Rowbotham announced that, following a long and rigorous recruitment process with many high-calibre external applicants, Lisa had been appointed as Chief Executive of the charity.

Lisa has taken over from RBLI’s previous Chief Executive, Steve Sherry CMG OBE, who has now retired after 12 years at the helm. Lisa commented “I am thrilled to begin my new role as Chief Executive and lead the charity to further success with a number of campaigns already underway to help so many more people who can benefit from our support.”

Celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in style!
To mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, RBLI has created a range of new products to celebrate Her Royal Highness’ 70 years on the throne.

Products are available from only £4.99 and include a 30cm circular lamp post sign (including zip ties), 5m of waterproof bunting (20cm x 21cm flags) and a 5ft x 3ft waterproof Union Jack flag (including metal grommets/eyelets).

All of our shop products are made or fulfilled by our veterans at Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, which means that every purchase helps to provide veterans with employment and support.

BUY OUR JUBILEE RANGE
11-year-old Sleep Out participant exceeds target
With The Great Tommy Sleep Out now underway, 11-year-old, Joshua has quickly become one of our most recognised and respected Sleep Out participants after spending 56 nights sleeping in the great outdoors last year!

As a proud member of the Scouts, Joshua continues to inspire others by raising funds for Armed Forces veterans who suffer from homelessness and has now exceeded his target by raising over £3,000 for this year’s event.

During a recent interview with Joshua on Radio Nottingham, a single anonymous donation of £1,000 was made after hearing of his dedication.

JOIN THE GREAT TOMMY SLEEP OUT
It’s not too late to enter the RBLI Charity Raffle!
The RBLI charity raffle is a fantastic way to support our Armed Forces veterans. All it takes is just a couple of minutes to enter your details into the raffle draw for your chance to win a brand new MINI!

All of the money goes towards initiatives to support our veterans with housing, employment and support. So why not do something amazing for those in need? The draw takes place on 31st March. Get your tickets today!

GET YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS HERE
Thank you so much for your ongoing support for RBLI.
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Get Your Tickets for The Great Tommy Sleep Out LIVE!

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You can now purchase your tickets for the physical Great Tommy Sleep Out event on the RBLI Village in Aylesford! 👏⛺

Limited tickets are available – so get yours while you can!
Ticket cost is £25 per person.

13:00 ON SATURDAY 26TH MARCH – 10:00 ON SUNDAY 27TH MARCH

Your ticket includes a hot evening meal provided by the local Nepalese Community, bushcraft demonstrations, a WW1 Tommy equipment presentation by The Great War Society, magic tricks from resident and former Royal Marine George, breakfast in the morning and there will even be an award for the best decorated tent! It is up to you whether you would like to use a tent or any other type of bivvi (I recommend using a tent so you can decorate it fabulously).

Get your Sleep Out event tickets now!
Here are the key event details:
Date and Times: 13:00 Saturday 26th March – 10:00 Sunday 27th March
Location: RBLI Village, Hall Road, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7NL

Cost: £25 per person
Fundraiser Target: £150 per person

Open to over 18’s only
Individual pitches

Facilities will be available on site including toilets and disabled access toilets, parking, hot drinks and indoor space if needed. Please make sure you read and agree to all the terms and conditions of the event!

Event terms and conditions
Once you’ve bought your ticket, all you need to do is create your online donation page. The fundraising target for this event is £150, but please just try your best and don’t let this put you off.

I’m looking forward to meeting you in person!

Rachel Park
Community Fundraising Manager

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England & Wales: 210063
Scotland: SC048795

Friend Our military veterans are still fighting for the cause

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Our military veterans are still fighting for the cause
RBLI are dedicated to supporting our Armed Forces veterans, but the fundraising support doesn’t only come from the public, but the veterans themselves who are still doing what they can to make a difference!

Whether it’s the support we receive from our more senior veterans living in our assisted living facilities, factory workers creating masterpieces at BBMC, or younger veterans raising awareness to help others suffering the effects of mental health and PTSD, RBLI are incredibly grateful to all of our supporters.

Veteran to run 10k a day for PTSD awareness
Meet James; a veteran of the Armed Forces, serving 11 years in the military, and member of the RBLI community. After serving as an infantry soldier with 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment and two tours of Afghanistan, James experienced difficulties with his mental health and PTSD, proceeding to self-medicate with alcohol and, as a result, turning his life upside down.

Since joining RBLI’s ‘Step-In’ programme, James has made life-altering leaps towards his recovery. James has now challenged himself to run 10 kilometres every day during the month of March, resulting in the launch of James’ Journey – a campaign to raise awareness and funds to support others suffering the effects of mental health and PTSD.

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Royal Marine Veterans raise over £2,000 at Tesco
For the past two weekends, Royal Marine veterans, George (pictured) and David have been at different local Tesco branches, raising awareness and fundraising in aid of RBLI. The two Tommy Club Champions eagerly volunteered to help raise money for our great cause and we are extremely proud of them for raising an incredible amount of over £2,000!

But George and David haven’t stopped there! If you’re out doing the weekly shop at Grove Green Tesco in Weavering, Maidstone, today or tomorrow, you may well spot the two veterans collecting donations and selling some of our iconic Tommy Club products! Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Queen’s Green Canopy plaques now available!
RBLI is delighted to supply plaques on behalf of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) – a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, by inviting people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

Each plaque is available in two different sizes, and made from high-quality and recyclable Corten steel by our Armed Forces veterans. This means that your purchase goes towards the worthy cause of helping to create jobs for those who have served in the military.

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Kellogg’s generously donate cereal to RBLI veterans
A huge thank you to Kellogg’s for their generous donation of delicious cereal for the veterans supported on RBLI’s Village. Thanks to the wonderful donations and support we receive from organisations such as Kellogg’s, we support hundreds of veterans to get back on their feet and regain their independence – just like Steve (pictured), who joined the First Battalion Welsh Guards in 1977.

Steve served in Northern Ireland, Falklands, Canada and Belize before leaving in 1989 due to suffering severe injuries following the bombing of Sir Galahad during the Falklands War. Steve had difficulties getting back to civilian life, but with the help of RBLI, he now works as a Team Leader at Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, and explains that he now has “a new purpose in life”.

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

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

Friend Stand with us and support our veterans through the winter

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Join us in supporting veterans through the winter
During the cold, dark nights as we lean into February, it’s never been more important to consider the lives of so many veterans braving the elements and suffering from homelessness, addiction and mental or physical health issues.

It is our mission to ensure that every veteran is cared for and supported throughout the year, and we urge you to join us in doing what you can to help. Whether it be through donations, fundraising, or simply raising awareness across the UK; we value your ongoing support.

Are you ready for The Great Tommy Sleep Out?
The Great Tommy Sleep Out is a fundraising challenge designed to collectively raise awareness and show support to the thousands of veterans that are experiencing homelessness in the UK right now. During the month of March, we are asking for your support by braving a cold night camping out under the stars while fundraising for our most vulnerable veterans.
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Huge thank you to the Veterans’ Foundation
The Veterans’ Foundation has provided unwavering support to RBLI in recent times, awarding generous grants to our Lifeworks programme and Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company. These grants have helped deliver employment support and one-to-one welfare and development for ex-servicemen and women across the UK.
“I have no doubt that I genuinely benefit from an understanding ear and the belief that my welfare is first and foremost in any discussions I have had about my work and/or disability. I appreciate that this level of support can only be provided as a direct result of the extra funding we receive from the Veterans’ Foundation and those who play the Veterans’ lottery.” – Carl, Veteran, Royal Navy Submariner
Luxury Dementia Care Home – Gavin Astor House
Our luxury care home, Gavin Astor House, focusses on high quality care to each and every resident and has recently undergone a complete refurbishment. This means additional beds, specialist living quarters, and around the clock support from our team of health care professionals.

This brand new renovation also enables us to provide dedicated and trusted care specifically to those suffering from dementia – and we are encouraging those who are interested to book a tour to see for themselves.

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The new BBMC website is now LIVE!
Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. (BBMC) is a leading social enterprise of RBLI, and the UK’s leading signage maker with a team of over 100 people; 70% of whom are veterans from the Armed Forces, those with a physical or mental disability, or both.

The new website has been developed to create a more fluid and customer-friendly experience, allowing visitors to navigate through pages with ease and learn more about our history, values, products and services; further highlighting BBMC’s status as a market-leader and ground-breaking social enterprise.

VISIT THE BBMC WEBSITE
Does your company have a Payroll Giving scheme?

Did you know 7th-13th February 2022 is Payroll Giving week?

Payroll Giving is an easy, tax-efficient way of making regular donations to your favourite charities straight from your gross pay. Donating this way means the tax you would have paid on your contribution also goes to RBLI. Even small, regular donations can make a big difference to our Armed Forces Veterans.

It’s quick and FREE for companies to setup Payroll Giving and is considered to be an important part of their Corporate Responsibility. Show your support by speaking to your Payroll team and giving to RBLI this Payroll Giving week.

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Thank you so much for your ongoing support for RBLI.
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Scotland: SC048795

Friend The new year brings new opportunities for support

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New year, new opportunities to support those in need
As we head into mid-January, the RBLI team look forward to what’s to come in 2022! From Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, to remembering the Falklands 40 years on. Here’s to a Happy New Year from all of us at the RBLI!

There has already been some exciting developments in our plans for 2022, and there are still a number of fantastic fundraising opportunities and incentives to be apart of this year. As the Tommy Club continues to gain significant momentum, we have already been in discussions with numerous partners and patrons to further aid our community of veterans with unwavering support.

“83% of Lifeworks participants find employment, training or volunteering within 12 months”

The Lifeworks Employment HUB has launched!

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Lifeworks Employment HUB! The HUB is an online portal created specifically for veterans undertaking our award-winning Lifeworks courses, containing new job opportunities matching a veteran’s experience in the Armed Forces. The HUB will also be a central location for additional resources to help the veteran community find employment, including tips on CV-writing, interview techniques and more.
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Base Camp set to re-open on 1st February!
The long-awaited return of our beloved Base Camp café is upon us! Base Camp was originally built as a central hub to create and maintain relationships with the local community and residents within the RBLI Village. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, Base Camp’s doors had to temporarily close.

We are now pleased to announce the grand re-opening! Planned to open it’s doors on 1st February 2022, the Base Camp café will be ready to sell various drinks and treats for all to enjoy! We couldn’t be happier!

Support RBLI with your official hoodie
All of the money raised from the RBLI shop goes directly into projects to help veterans and people with disabilities. Every product purchased enables you to show your support whilst benefitting from products such as the RBLI hoodie, made a heavyweight, 3 layer fabric perfect for winter – now only £34.99.
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A warm welcome home to the Salty Sappers
The Salty Sappers have now reached the end of their journey across the Atlantic, using their specially constructed 8.64m, R45 ocean rowing boat, Victory. Extreme weather conditions and blistering hands has not stopped them from battling nature and reaching their goal!

It’s not too late to donate to this amazing effort in aid of a cause providing a direct and unwavering affect on veterans’ lives.

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Tommy Club Patron, Peter Girling, receives his MBE
Some truly fantastic news to share! Tommy Club Founding Patron, Peter Girling, has received his much-deserved MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours! Peter is a beacon of energy and has been a driving force in supporting the Tommy Club during the pandemic.

Thanks to Peter’s ongoing support, veterans will be able to receive truly life-changing services through RBLI and regain their independence in life. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this prestigious honour. Congratulations Peter Girling MBE!

Thank you so much for your ongoing support for RBLI.
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