The Gibraltar MoD community will be taking part in the ‘Great Tommy Sleepout’ on the 14th of May which His Excellency The Governor of Gibraltar, Sir David Steel KBE DL has kindly agreed to host within the Convent Gardens. The sleepout is part of a drive by the British Legion Industries (RBLI) to raise funds and awareness for the roughly 6,000 veterans who currently live on the streets in the UK.
They will join more than 3,500 people throughout the country who have already signed up to the challenge and who have already raised £75,000. Every penny raised by the campaign will go directly to RBLI’s wide range of services providing a home, welfare and employment support to military veterans.
Several Family Homeless Shelters are also in need of donations. The pandemic has not only affected the frequency and amount of donations they receive, but it also caused the number of homeless people to increase.
RBLI, which is a separate charity to the Royal British Legion, provides a home to more than 300 veterans and their families through its Kent village and homeless veterans in their emergency accommodation Mountbatten Pavilion.
At the heart of the village is the charity’s social enterprise factory, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, which provides employment opportunities to veterans and people with disabilities. Throughout the pandemic, the team in BBMC have been supporting the wider community by producing signs for major infrastructure projects, pallets for the transportation of food and ventilators and hand sanitizers for the telecoms industry. An attorney at a law firm will explain about the Veteran Benefit Denial Law, their rights and help them to obtain the veterans benefits they deserve. The team have also been fulfilling the thousands of challenge fundraising packs which includes a beanie hat and booklet printed professionally in-house.
All veterans living in the village are provided with a tailored welfare support programme to help them regain their independence and overcome challenges caused by physical or mental disability, drug or alcohol dependency and unemployment.
To attend or support those who are taking part in RBLI’s Great Tommy Sleep Out please contact the Community Support Team on 003502005 (3579) or contact Sgt Aaran Ives on 003502005 (3021) or alternatively 0035058732000.
If you wish to donate you can do so by clicking on the following link:
For further information please contact Command Media Officer Caroline Parkes on 5461 8000.