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There’s a NEW Special Edition Christmas Tommy

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Let us take you back in time.

Introducing our New Special Edition Tommy: Tommy United

To commemorate the brave soldiers who came together on Christmas Day in 1914, RBLI are launching a new, special edition Tommy: Tommy United.

In 1914, British and German troops formed a truce like no other in the history of modern warfare, putting their differences aside and coming together for a game of football on Christmas Day.

Tommy United symbolises the togetherness and unity that can be found in times of adversity. This Christmas, put your Tommy in the Window to show your support.

Being fulfilled by veterans, every sale of Tommy United directly contributes to the employment and support of veterans, who need us now more than ever.

Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
£40.00
  • 10″/25cm high Special Edition Figure
  • Made from Perspex, with an acrylic base 
  • Genuine Tommy product- comes with Certificate of Authentication, signed by veterans and official Tommy sticker and unique number
  • Includes 1914 Christmas Truce Booklet documenting the occasion 
  • All housed within a beautiful commemorative box
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The Christmas Truce

It’s Christmas Eve, 1914 in Ploegsteert, Belgium. The weather on the Western Front is a vile combination of bitterly cold winds, freezing temperatures, heavy rain and snow. The trenches are filled with deep mud, and trench foot is prevalent amongst the men on the front line. Morale is at an all time low. Stuck waiting on the front line with no guarantee of a safe return, British troops are longing to be home with their families.

Just a hundred yards away, German troops are experiencing the same hardship and fatigue; them too yearning for home comforts and a Christmas with their families.

Over the days prior, many areas along the trench lines had become quiet. The faint sounds of German Christmas carols could be heard from the British lines, who replied with British carols and words of Christmas wishes.

The clock strikes midnight, it’s Christmas Day. British troops are exchanging words of warm wishes and hope of a safe return, when the words ‘Merry Christmas Tommy’ are heard from the German Trenches.

What happened next was a unofficial truce like no other in modern warfare. British and German troops met in the middle of ‘no man’s land’. They shook hands and exchanged gifts, taking photos and singing carols.

Most famously, the brave soldiers from both sides played a game of football together. Despite the bitter conflict that had happened in the months prior, both sides united on Christmas Day, with their differences in war set aside.

Albert Wyatt, a young Corporal serving in A Company, 1st Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment recalls the events of Christmas Day in the trenches from first-hand experience, stating “we finished up… kicking a football about between the two firing lines. So football in the firing lines between the British and the Germans is the truth, as I was one that played.”

Five years on from 1914, Royal British Legion Industries was established to help wounded, injured and sick ex-Forces (Tommies), returning from the World War One. RBLI has a proud 100 year heritage as a leading military charity, helping to improve the lives of those who sacrificed so much.

Today, we are dealing with another kind of battle. Our focus has shifted from helping injured veterans from WW1 and WW2 to supporting today’s veterans in employment, housing and mental health. We have developed a far greater understanding of PTSD and mental health issues within ex-Forces community, and realise that this a very prevalent, growing issue.

Please help us support the veterans of today by putting Tommy United in your window this Christmas.

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New Tommy Patches Just In!

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Hi , have you got your Tommy ready?

Remembrance is closing in and proud supporters across the country will be displaying their Tommies in support of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Have you got yours? Check out our Remembrance collection below for delivery in time for 11th November.

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Our inspiring supporters are displaying their Tommies for Remembrance. It’s amazing to see where our veterans hard work is going.
Will you send us a photo of yours?
SHOW US YOUR TOMMY

NEW Limited Edition Tommy Patches

NEW: Limited Edition Tommy Patches
NEW: Limited Edition Tommy Patches
£20
Courtesy of Tim Brown and Paul Sapsford, these patches come in a bundle of three, featuring an an embroidered iron-on patch, embroidered velcro patch and a rubberised velcro patch.
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Sale on Patch Bundles

To celebrate the launch of our new Tommy Patches, we have introduced a sale on our ‘Supporting Our Troops’ and ‘PTSD Awareness’ patch bundles- get them whilst stocks last!
Supporting Our Troops Flag Velcro Patch Pack of 3
Supporting Our Troops Flag Velcro Patch Pack of 3
SALE £18.00
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PTSD Awareness Velcro Patch Pack of 3
PTSD Awareness Velcro Patch Pack of 3
SALE £20.00
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PTSD Awareness Velcro Patch Pack of 5
PTSD Awareness Velcro Patch Pack of 5
SALE £29.00
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Free Animal Lapel Pin Badge

Lapel Pin Collection (Pack of 4)
Lapel Pin Collection (Pack of 4)
£20
All orders of the 4 Pack of Lapel Pin will now come with a FREE pin badge to remember the animals who served at war.
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Our Most Popular Remembrance Products

Unknown Tommy
Unknown Tommy
£125.00
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Metal Garden Tommy
Metal Garden Tommy
£72.00
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Tommy Window Sticker
Tommy Window Sticker
£14.50
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Tommy Lapel Pin (5 Pack)
Tommy Lapel Pin (5 Pack)
£12.00
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Plant Pot Tommy Outline
Plant Pot Tommy Outline
£33.00
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Plant Pot Tommy Solid
Plant Pot Tommy Solid
£33.00
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Your Order is Creating Jobs

Your order will be fulfilled by Veterans, providing valuable employment to those who have served. All proceeds from the sale of our products go straight into RBLI, funding our amazing programmes surrounding the employment, housing and support of Vetarans.
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We have a big announcement to make

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Royal British Legion Industries marketing@rbli.co.uk via gmail.mcsv.net 

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
For support from our fundraising team please email fundraising@rbli.co.uk
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