DORSET ARMY CADETS TO JOIN RBLI GREAT TOMMY SLEEP OUT TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS
Cadets are taking part in Royal British Legion Industries’ Great Tommy Sleep Out which will see participants brave the cold for a night this March in aid of the roughly 6,000 military veterans living on the streets in the UK.
They join more than 10,000 people throughout the country who have already signed up to the challenge. Every penny raised by the campaign will go directly to RBLI’s wide range of services providing a home, welfare and employment support to military veterans.
RBLI, which is a separate charity to the Royal British Legion, provides a home to more than 300 veterans and their families through its Kent village, including homeless veterans through their emergency accommodation Mountbatten Pavilion.
At the heart of the village is the charity’s social enterprise factory, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, which provides employment opportunities to veterans and people with disabilities.
Throughout the pandemic, the team in BBMC have been helping to keep the country running producing signs for major infrastructure projects, pallets for the transportation of food and ventilators, and hand sanitizers for the telecoms industry. The team have also been fulfilling the thousands of challenge fundraising packs which includes a beanie hat and booklet printed professionally in-house.
All veterans living on the village are provided with a tailored welfare support programme to help them regain their independence and overcome challenges caused by physical or mental disability, drug or alcohol dependency, and unemployment.