6 October 2017

Royal British Legion Industries' annual golf day tees off

Armed Forces veterans and business representatives teed off yesterday at Royal British Legion Industries’ annual golf day, raising an astonishing £15,546 to help veterans and people with disabilities receive vital employment and accommodation support.

An early bout of torrential rain was quickly replaced by cloudless blue skies as our golfers took to the 18-hole course at Maidstone’s Tudor Park Country Club

Contributing to the phenomenal figure raised was a both a live and a silent auction which saw more than £2,000 raised – four tickets to Chelsea FC’s Champion’s League group stage match with Roma, four tickets to Arsenal’s Europa League showdown with Bate Borisov and unique dining experience at Coutts Concierge.

Incoming events assistant Melody Beveridge, who helped organise the event after having started at RBLI just two weeks ago said: “The day proved to be a resounding success. We have had fantastic feedback from the golfers, all of whom said they would be happy to take part in next year’s event.

“However, most importantly, through the kind generosity of all those who attended, we have managed to raise a substantial amount of money which will go directly to helping ex-service personnel and people with disabilities receive the support they so desperately need to get their lives back on track.”

Speaking at the event was Anil Gurung, a sign maker in RBLI's social enterprise Britain's Bravest Manfucturing Company. Anil joined BBMC after losing his leg in Afghanistan just 20 days before the ending of his tour. 

The former gurkha, who has both a silver and a gold medal from the Invictus Games, is to take on a huge challenge this coming November, talking a gruelling trek to Mt Everest's base camp in his native Nepal. 

When speaking of BBMC - where more than 70% of the team either have a disability or are a veteran, or both - Anil said: "We walk as a team and as a family."

If you wish to learn more about Anil Gurung’s Everest challenge and to donate to his cause visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/anilgurung, and to find out more about the services of Royal British Legion Industries visit www.RBLI.co.uk.