17 October 2018

Kick-starting our centenary celebrations with the RBLI Zenith24

Royal British Legion Industries is excited to announce our first mass participation event in our 100-year history after joining forces with an Ashford-based events company as we prepare for our centenary celebrations next year.

Tri Spirit Events is working with RBLI to present the RBLI Zenith24, which will see participants run for 24-hours straight around Kent’s beautiful Hole Park estate on June 22/23 2019, to raise crucial funds for the military and disability charity.

Beginning life at Aylesford’s Preston Hall, RBLI offered housing, welfare and employment support through its factory to veterans returning with tuberculosis from the First World War.

This has since grown into a vibrant village, offering accommodation and wrap-around support to more than 300 residents and their families through a range of independent, emergency, assisted-lived and high-dependency housing. 

The village’s factory also still remains – now named Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company - which has £5million turnover, employing more than 100 people, 70% of whom are ex-service personnel, have a disability, or both.

We have also since expanded its services across the UK - through a transformative employment support programme for veterans and military spouses, LifeWorks; and also their Employment Solutions team which provides support to the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities to help them secure sustaining and rewarding employment.

RBLI chief executive and former Brigadier Steve Sherry CMG OBE, said: “As a charity which has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people over the course over its near 100-year history, RBLI is incredibly excited to announce the first of our centenary celebrations to take place next year with Tri Spirit Events.

“Without doubt, RBLI Zenith24 will be a gruelling challenge but, ultimately, an immensely rewarding one to take part in, with each participant knowing that they will play a direct role in supporting some of our nation’s ex-service personnel who are in desperate need of support.”

Tri Spirit Events, which offers premier multisport and run events throughout the South East at some of the region’s most prestigious venues, celebrates its 10th anniversary in line with RBLI’s Centenary celebrations.

Liz King, event director for Tri Spirit Events, said: “We are incredibly proud to have joined forces with RBLI in what is a momentous year for both our organisations. We have enormous respect for RBLI and the work it does in helping injured ex-servicemen and their families, and as a former Army sergeant myself, I really see the benefit of the plans they have in place to ensure they can continue to support veterans and people with disabilities for another 100 years.

“Participants can take part as an individual, in pairs, or as teams of three to five or six to eight. You can run, jog or even walk your lap, so there is no need to think you need to be super fit to come along and join in the fun – it is a very inclusive event. Camping is available from Friday to Monday and is free for competitors and spectators.”

The event, to take place on 22/23 June 2019, will also offer a special corporate event with separate prizes and honours to offer bragging rights for local and national companies.

To sign up and take part in the RBLI Zenith 24, visit: https://www.trispiritevents.com/events/zenith24/