21 September 2018

Britain's Bravest Needs You for the commemoration project of the year

Join us in the year's largest World War One centenary commemoration campaign

We are calling for individuals and organisations to support the veterans working in our social enterprise Britain's Bravest Manufacturing Company by volunteering for the 'There But Not There' WW1 commemoration project.

The project has truly gripped the heart of the nation since its February launch. More than 60,000 10inch acrylic Tommy figures, packaged by the team at our social enterprise Britain's Bravest Manufacturing Company, have been sold and are now proudly sitting atop coffee tables in all four corners of the country. 

Over the last year, RBLI has had more than 14,500 volunteering hours dedicated by individuals eager to support our charity's range of services, with many of these hours having been directly dedicated to this very project. 

This time has been split between not only individual members of the public who supported Tommy production through volunteering but also the numerous organisations who have kindly sent teams in to support our troops on the project including Kent County Council, BAE Systems and British Gas. Needless to say this support from companies and individuals is hugely appreciated.

And we want you to help support our troops on this project which has raised such crucial funds for military and mental health charities: Heads Together, the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation, Help for Heroes, Walking With the Wounded and Combat Stress. 

We are immensely proud to have the team at BBMC play such a crucial role in this campaign. The veterans and individuals with disabilities who make up our skilled BBMC staff have carefully packaged and dispatched every single one of them, raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.

However, the aim is to sell 883,246 - one for every man from Britain and Ireland who died during the Great War and, as we approach this year's momentous Armistice Day in November, we are anticipating yet another Tommy rush.

"We can't help but think about their sacrifices as we pack them away."

— Andrew Middleton, BBMC volunteer

This will see our dedicated team of veterans take to the trenches once more to get the job done. And that's where you come in. 

We want to formally extend this opportunity to take part in the There But Not There project as it continues to gather steam throughout this commemorative year. 

As a military charity specialising in employment with 99 years of history, we welcome anyone, from any walk of life, with any skill set to our volunteering programme.

Dedicate your time alongside the veterans working on the project, make a real difference to current ex-service personnel in desperate need of support through numerous national charities, and promote the remembrance of the hundreds of thousands who made the most ultimate of sacrifices.

If you, or members of your organisation, want to volunteer your time supporting this unique project, contact RBLI’s volunteer team at volunteer@rbli.co.uk or call 01622 795924