9 August 2018

Veterans given new lease of life

Veterans cared for by RBLI, most of whom face challenges due to disabilities, recently returned to our Aylesford village with a new-found sense of confidence after completing a 10-day sailing ship voyage headed by Lord Dannatt as part of a WW1 commemoration project. 

Involving four of the country's largest military charities, the Lord Dannatt Round Britian Challenge, led by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and supported by the Endeavour Fund, is currently seeing a crew made of 144 made up of both Armed Forces veterans and serving members of the Army Cadet Force, travel around Britain on a specially-adapted sailing ship STS Lord Nelson, owned by JST. 

RBLI's veterans set sail on the first leg from London to Edinburgh, and are now to be followed by beneficiaries from Help For Heroes, Walking With the Wounded and Poppy Factory, who will stop in Belfast, Cardiff before returning to London on 1st September.

One of the veterans who set sail on the first leg is Naboth, who found himself homeless after being medically discharged from the Army in 2003.

Suffering with depression and anxiety, he moved from town to town for many years in a desperate attempt to secure sustainable housing. However we are happy to say he is now housed on our village in Kent.

Having found stable surroundings, Nab is now looking to rebuild his life and find employment. The 40-year-old jumped at the chance to take part in Lord Dannatt's challenge.

"I know there is nothing that I can't overcome and this challenge has proved that."