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Please help us make a Veteran’s 100th Birthday Special

Another birthday celebration – this one from the folks formerly known as There But Not There.


We Need You to Help D-Day Veteran Tommy Celebrate his 100th Birthday

Former Royal Fusilier Tommy Trotter has been in isolation since March and now he has to celebrate his birthday alone. But you can make his day special. Read on to find out how.

Soon-to-be centenarian Tommy lives in Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham. He served in the Second World War, landing on the beaches of Normandy on 6th June 1944 as part of the allied invasion of occupied France. Tommy went on to receive the Legion D’Honour, France’s highest military honour.

On February 10th, Tommy, who now has dementia, is going to celebrate his 100th birthday. Tommy also enjoys telling others of his stories of times gone by as a regular of his local bar, the Don War Memorial Bar in Stockton. He loves nothing more than settling down with a pint of John Smith’s and a Sunday Roast. Bar owner Julia Cooper had organised a fitting occasion for the 99-year-old, including a regimental guard of honour!

Unfortunately, these plans have been scrapped due to the pandemic and hero Tommy faces spending his big day in total isolation. Julia has been forced to take to social media, asking the public to send Tommy a birthday card, to ensure his momentous occasion wouldn’t go uncelebrated.

After hearing of the project from Champions of our Tommy Club, we reached out to Julia to help make his 100th birthday a day to remember. We are now turning to you, our amazing supporters, to help us achieve this.

Send Tommy a Birthday Card to this Address:

Tommy Trotter
The Last Post
Cranworth Street
Thornaby
TS17 7DR
DOWNLOAD TOMMY’S FREE BIRTHDAY CARD

We have even created a birthday card that you can print off and send to Tommy (or feel free to send you own). It can be downloaded for free using the button above.

As our base of loyal supporters, we would greatly appreciate if you could take the time to download the card, write your own message and post it off to Tommy. It would be absolutely amazing for him to receive well-wishing messages from our community to read on the big day.

We’re going to send this email to all of our friends and family. Maybe you can forward it to yours too? Imagine how loved Tommy would feel if all of those people sent a card. Please don’t leave it to others and send your card today!

Tommy’s Card is also on our Shop

Tommy Trotter's 100th Birthday Card
Tommy Trotter’s 100th Birthday Card
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The card is also available through our online shop. You will be given a link to download after checkout. The card is free, so no payment is necessary.
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We have a Lockdown Challenge for you!

While this is a British veterans group, given the stay at home orders in effect in our area, this may be of interest to some members.


What will You Achieve this Lockdown?

Have you started 2021 on the right foot? Feeling motivated to make this year count?

Whether you want to set yourself a goal to get fit, blow out those lockdown cobwebs or be part of a passionate online community, the Tommy 10,000 Step Challenge is exactly what you’re looking for! Step, hop or run your way to 10,000 steps per day for the duration of lockdown – an achievable goal that will get your mind and body moving!

Getting going in January is always a challenge, but there’s no better motivation than the support of the incredible RBLI community cheering you on! Plus, the knowledge that every penny you raise will help our most vulnerable veterans. Give yourself and our nations heroes a sporting chance; let’s start 2021 as we mean to go on!

You can begin your challenge anytime and continue right through the duration of lockdown. How far will you walk during this lockdown?

Now more than ever it’s important to look after your physical and mental health. 10,000 steps a day will have you feeling confident and strong as we take on this new year together!

Sign up for pro tips, trick and challenges, no matter what your level of fitness!

LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP NOW!

RBLI’s January Sale is Now on!

The moment many of you have been waiting for is finally here, a SALE! Throughout the remainder of January, we are pleased to offer a 10% saving off selected products using the following code:
JANUARY10
Code expires 31 Jan 2021.
Here are some of the products in the sale, click here to browse the full sale! Remember, take 10% off all prices seen below!
Tommy Window Sticker
Tommy Window Sticker
£14.50
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Hand Made Sterling Silver Tommy Cufflinks
Hand Made Sterling Silver Tommy Cufflinks
£154.00
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Limited Edition Tommy Patches- Lest We Forget
Limited Edition Tommy Patches- Lest We Forget
£19.99
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VJ DAY Bumper Pack Special Edition Tommy
VJ DAY Bumper Pack Special Edition Tommy
£45.00
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2020 VE DAY Special Edition Tommy Military Figure
2020 VE DAY Special Edition Tommy Military Figure
£33.00
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Original Tommy Wall Art | Union Jack Solid
Original Tommy Wall Art | Union Jack Solid
£35.00
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It’s Competition Time

Fancy winning yourself a swag bag full of RBLI goodies?

We’ve launched a caption contest over on our Instagram page. To enter, all you need to do is head over to our Instagram page @rblicharity, give us a like and follow, and comment your best caption for this #TommyStep challengers photo.

The winner will be announced on 1st February so get your entries in soon!

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

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RBLI helps Design Museum celebrate the work of Margeret Calvert OBE

Royal British Legion Industries have recently given their services for the Design Museum’s celebration of the work of leading graphic designer and Tommy Club Founding Patron Margaret Calvert OBE, renowned for the UK’s road signage system, signing for the rail network and airports, and for the typeface used on the government website, gov.uk.

Margaret Calvert OBE was a leading member of the team commissioned to redesign the road sign system in 1960s, creating many of the iconic symbols still used to this day including ‘Roadworks’, and ‘Children’, the two signs which have been recreated for this exhibition by veterans working in RBLI’s social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (BBMC)

Margaret Calvert was delighted with the exhibition and said “The signs and displays looked great, so a huge thank you from me to you, Simon, and to RBLI. Everybody seemed very pleased at the opening. It did look impressive.”  Rachel Hajek, Assistant Curator at the Design Museum added: “We are very grateful for the help that RBLI and Buchanan Computing were able to provide with the traffic signs and other graphics for our Margaret Calvert: Woman at work display.”
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Have you joined the Tommy 10,000 Step Challenge?

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Dear , 

From everybody at RBLI, we hope that you had a peaceful festive period, and a Happy New Year. We would like to pass on our best wishes to all of you and your families for 2021.

Did you know that you’ve helped do something AMAZING this Christmas?

For many veterans, a Christmas at home with their family is simply not possible. On Christmas Day, RBLI were able to give another four homeless veterans warmth, ongoing shelter, safety and a Christmas dinner.  By purchasing from our online store, you have directly funded the amazing support these veterans have received, and made a huge difference to their quality of life.

Our Veterans are Back!

Over the Festive Period, the Veterans who work so hard in creating and dispatching our amazing Tommy products took a well-earned rest. Now, they’re back, dispatching your orders and continuing their vital role in keeping Britain running through the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are Here for You

We know that the extended periods or isolation and social distancing can be hard on people’s mental health, often provoking feelings of isolation or loneliness. We want you, our loyal supporters, to know that we are still here for you and want to make sure everyone feels part of this incredible community, even when we can’t physically be together.

Whether you need support yourself, or would like to extend a hand to others, we have several online groups where you can find friends both locally and nationally. If you have joined the Tommy Club, you will find a thriving community of friends with daily interactions, or join the Tommy 10,000 Step challenge and your peers in the group will motivate you to get out the house everyday!

Recently in these groups, people have been sharing advice, activities, and even organising food deliveries or Zoom calls for those that need it.

Remember, you are never alone when you are part of the RBLI community.

Have you signed up for the Tommy 10,000 Step Challenge?

It’s not too late to sign up to the RBLI Tommy Step Challenge! Start any day in January, and complete 10,000 steps a day over 31 days. This totals 155 miles, which is the distance covered by our Tommies during the fighting retreat to Dunkirk in 1940.

Join an amazing, positive community who are all finding ways to squeeze in the 10,000 steps in good spirits.

All of those who sign up will receive daily diary updates, two videos per week from award-winning historian Neil Storey, and access to an amazing community Facebook group.

There are three different challenges available, depending on your level of ability:

The Corporal Challenge

10,000 steps per day, for 31 days

The Paratrooper/ Commando Challenge

10,000 steps per day, weighted, for 31 days

The Special Forces Challenge

310,000 steps as quickly as you can!
LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP NOW!

Get Prepared for Clap for Heroes

As the Nation enters another Lockdown, it is more important than ever that we show our appreciation and support for the heroes that keep the country going.

As always, RBLI continues to provide longer term specialist support and care as well as shorter respite care packages and assisted living services.

Why not show your support by wearing or displaying one of RBLI’s Florence Nightingale lapel pins, badges, stickers or window ornaments?

Florence Traditional Lapel Pins
Florence Traditional Lapel Pins
£12.50
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Florence Window Stickers and Badges
Florence Window Stickers and Badges
£10.00
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Florence in the Window
Florence in the Window
£22.00
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We’ve got a new Champion in our Club!

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We have some BIG news. Our veterans have gained a new ambassador and he just so happens to be one of England’s best strikers…

Welcoming our new Tommy Club Ambassador

 Harry Kane MBE
Captain of the England Team and Tottenham Hotspur Striker

 “I am thrilled to be a Tommy Club ambassador.

“RBLI have supported military veterans for more than 100 years and I know the great work they do employing ex-servicemen and women and helping them overcome significant challenges.

“I encourage people to get involved and support the Tommy Club as every new champion makes a difference. Together we can improve the lives on the nations heroes.”

JOIN HARRY IN THE TOMMY CLUB

We are all so excited that Harry Kane has joined our Founding President Lord Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, to help us take on the issues that face veterans today.

Every Tommy Club Champion helps to not only create meaningful employment or put a roof over someone’s head, but shows our nations heroes that our community is behind them every step of the way.

For Tim, who you may know very well by now from all his hard work leading the team that fulfills your Tommy orders, a football partnership at Christmas has an extra resonance.

He found in his great uncle Matt Denton’s war diary from three years after the fabled Christmas Truce.

“On Boxing Day he played football with 128 Siege Battery and the major played, apparently,” he said. “They lost 3-1.

“So he didn’t play football with the Germans on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, but they played a match themselves.”

He believes the Christmas Day truce still resonates today because it is “a story of forgiveness and coming together”.

And he believes it shows the power of sport to unite people.

He said: “Football is and always has been a common language between different nations and someone happened to have a ball, it overcame boundaries.

It’s just a shame it didn’t carry on longer.”

Tommy United

Harry Kane is now the proud owner of his very own Tommy United! If you haven’t already, you too can put one in your window.
Your order will be fulfilled by a veteran in the New Year.

Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
£39.99
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Light Up Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
Light Up Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
£59.99
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You’ve helped keep us going this year

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What a year it has been!

As a valued RBLI shop customer and supporter of our charity, you know that our veterans are kept very busy fulfilling and dispatching your Tommies. But do you know what else they have been up to in the midst of the coronavirus crisis?

Keeping Britain Running

Our factory employs more than 100 people – 70% of whom are veterans, have a disability or both. Recently, they have been busy producing thousands of wooden pallets to ensure that ventilators and sanitiser can be transported around the UK to those in need, as well as producing road and rail signage for crucial infrastructure projects. Many of the products and services provided by the team at Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company have been deemed essential work under the recent measures put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Managing Director of RBLI’s social enterprise Kate Bull says: “It’s amazing to think that many of our team, having served their country in the past, are doing it once again – at least in some small way.”
Whilst doing all of this essential work and support to help keep Britain running, the veterans have still been producing our range of Tommies, allowing the British public to show their support for the Armed Forces throughout the pandemic.
By purchasing products from our Tommy range, you have helped keep our veterans in work and supported the many other services we have across RBLI. Thank you.

Time for a Well- Earned Rest!

Having helped keep the country running through the pandemic, and working on thousands of Tommy products this year, it’s time for our veterans to have a well-earned rest!

Purchases from our online shop can still be made throughout the Christmas period and will be processed when our veterans are back on 4th January 2021.

The Christmas Truce

Neil Storey, award-winning social historian specialising in the study of the impact of war, is a Founding Patron of the Tommy Club. His videos have been educational and inspirational, proving valuable information. Tommy United is no exception as he tells us and the 1914 Christmas Truce. He has produced this amazing video for you, check it out!

Please do carry on supporting our amazing cause!

Our veterans may be taking a Christmas break, but they will be back in January to fulfill all orders from our shop, and help the country get through the pandemic.
Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
£39.99
The product behind Neil’s wonderful video. Commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce with this spectacular commemorative figure.
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Tommy Glass Tankard/ Beer Mug
Tommy Glass Tankard/ Beer Mug
£23.50
These Tankards have proved to be extremely popular since their release (I wonder why…!). Mike, our veteran who creates and fulfills our glassware is very thankful of your support- he has been kept very busy dispatching all orders!
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Tommy Club - Join now to get your Tommy badge, exclusive benefits and more!
Tommy Club – Join now to get your Tommy badge, exclusive benefits and more!
£15.00
Have you got your collectable Tommy Club Bronze Pin Badge yet? It’s the perfect gift to yourself or a loved one this Christmas! The postie may not deliver it in time from Christmas, but you’ll still receive your log in to the exclusive Tommy Club champions website, a discount and a special video message from our veterans!
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