8 November 2018
Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King pays respect to club's heroes at RBLI
Veterans from across RBLI yesterday welcomed former England international and Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King as he paid respects at our Aylesford village in the run this weekend’s momentous Remembrance Day.
As ambassador for the North London Premier League club, King first visited our factory, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (BBMC) – where 70% of the 100-strong team are ex-service, have a disability or both.
To mark the visit, which later saw Ledley tour our charity’s village which houses 300 veterans, he was presented with the iconic There But Not There Tommy figure by veterans in recognition of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s recent backing of the campaign.
To celebrate its own milestone in 2019, RBLI recently launched a major campaign to secure £14m to create a new Centenary Village close to its Aylesford headquarters from where it delivers care, accommodation, training and employment services.
Ledley said: “It’s been a privilege spending time here today, meeting some of the people RBLI support and hearing their stories. It’s fantastic to see first-hand the work the charity does to support ex-service personnel by giving them employment opportunities and accommodation.”
Steve Sherry, CMG OBE and Chief Executive of RBLI, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Ledley and to introduce him to our team.
“Like ourselves, Tottenham Hotspur do tremendous work in the community, supporting those who are most in need.”
The official visit saw Ledley King lay a wreath in memory of the 16 players that Spurs lost in action during World War One at RBLI’s peaceful and reflective Garden of Honour.
A plaque commemorating the 16 players will be unveiled on Remembrance Sunday at the Wall of Honour.