Founding Patrons

 
RBLI are lucky to have so many dedicated supporters, some of which have become the foundation of the Tommy Club. The Tommy Club, with Lord Dannatt as the Founding President, has already received wide-spread backing with well-known former and current service personnel amongst its Founding Patrons.

Lord Dannatt

GENERAL THE LORD DANNATT
GCB CBE MC DL

TOMMY CLUB PRESIDENT

“I want to do all I can to keep our Armed Forces veterans top of mind. I am deeply concerned about their ongoing needs and their mental health. What we can do together in Tommy Club is much greater than anything we could possibly achieve alone and everyone who is a part of the new Tommy Club is helping veterans in their moment of need.”

Lord Dannatt

Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE

Motivational Speaker

Former Gurkha officer, combat helicopter pilot and Specialist Military Unit officer
Ash is a mental health campaigner and has taken on taking on multiple fundraising challenge on behalf of RBLI – the latest is completing a full marathon by running more than 4600 lengths of his hotel quarantine room in Sydney, Australia! “We need to maintain wellness, rather than treat illness – and one of the best ways to do that is through meaningful and rewarding employment. “That’s what the Tommy Club and its thousands of champions can provide. It recognises the stories of the past, and has them serve as inspiration when supporting the veterans of today and for
to come.”

The Right Reverend Tim Thornton

Bishop at Lambeth

Bishop Tim Thornton is the Bishop at Lambeth. He is also Bishop to the Armed Forces and Bishop for the Falklands. Bishop Tim is experienced giving pastoral care to serving men and women as well as veterans of the Armed Forces. He is proud to support those who have served and sacrificed for the greater good and delighted to hear of the positive community actions that the new Tommy Club has inspired.

Raj Bisram

Television Presenter and Veteran

Raj Bisram is an antiques expert and well known TV Presenter. He is best known for the Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt and Four Rooms. He has an antiques and art auctioneer in Cranbrook Kent and he is also a vetran of the Armed Forces. He officially launched the Tommy Club in RBLI’s Garden of Honour on 6 October 2020.

Lord Dannatt

BILLY BILLINGHAM MBE

SAS VETERAN AND STAR OF TV’S SAS: WHO DARES WINS

“Even in ordinary times, military veterans face challenges in the civilian world which sadly too few people can understand. Whether it’s life-changing injuries or daily mental health challenges, any veteran at any time can hit rock bottom.”

“That’s why they need our support now more than ever.”

“Lord Dannatt’s Tommy Club can help build a life for the most vulnerable veterans, giving them the work opportunities to regain their independence and the tools to change their lives.”

Lord Dannatt

LEVISON WOOD

TV EXPLORER AND RESERVIST BRITISH ARMY OFFICER

“With such a long family history of military service, RBLI’s important work is close to my heart. RBLI’s unique village provides more than just a home for veterans – It also provides employment opportunities and a support network that’s second-to-none.

“The military community has always rallied around each other at times of need, and now it’s the nation’s turn to do the same.

“Tommy Champions across the UK, will ensure vulnerable veterans of all ages will receive the support they need for years to come.”

Lord Dannatt

HEATHER STANNING OBE

TEAM GB OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST AND SERVING ARMY MAJOR

“I have long been a supporter of Royal British Legion Industries in their commitment to our country’s most vulnerable military veterans. I have seen time and time again the charity step up to help ex-servicemen and women regain their independence through its community, vital welfare support and the practical work opportunities that see them flourish in the civilian world.”

“Now more than ever our veterans need this support.”

“The Tommy Club is the nation’s opportunity to play a direct role in providing this support to our brave men and women. With the public’s help, it will work hard to make sure our heroes aren’t left behind.”

Lord Dannatt

The Marquess of Abergavenny, DL

John Ahben, veteran and former RBLI resident

Nadra Ahmed OBE DL, Trustee of RBLI

Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE, Former Elite Military Unit Commander and Leadership and Resilience Expert

Martin Barraud, Photographer and Installation Artist behind the Tommy

Barratt Developments, the UK’s number one house builder and corporate partner of RBLI since 2018

Major General Peter Besgrove, veteran and former Chief Executive of Haig Housing Trust

Raj Bisram, Television Presenter and Veteran

Col Dino Bossi, former Commanding Officer Welsh Guards and Trustee of Remembered

George Bradford, Royal Marine veteran and RBLI Resident

Wendy Bromwich, Fundraiser and community champion

Tim Brown, Pew Pew Airsoft Community Fundraisers

Margaret Calvert OBE RDI, Pioneer behind the UK’s road signage system

Kathleen Carey, WWII RAF Veteran

Kathryn Cearns OBE FCA FCCA, Trustee of RBLI

Alf Clempson, Champion for the Armed Forces and Veterans Lancashire

Henrietta Cochrane, Former director of Remembered

The Lady Colgrain, Lord Lieutenant of Kent

Penny Dyson, Fundraiser and coordinator of the Friends of RBLI

Colonel Terry English OBE

Henry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel

Peter and Gillian Girling, ambassadors for the Tommy since inception

Rowley Gregg MC, ambassador for the Tommy and former Director of Operations for Remembered

Brigadier Tresham Gregg CBE, ambassador for the Tommy and Senior Consultant for Northcott Global Solutions

Blair Gulland, Trustee of RBLI

Mindy Gurung, Fundraiser and community champion

Cllr Steve Hammond, Councillor for Aylesford South and veteran of the Falklands War

David Harkness, Chief Executive of Regency Designs

Reverend Peter Hills, veteran Army Education Officer and Padre

Jools Holland OBE DL, pianist and bandleader and presenter of Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

John Holliwell

James Hopkins, Chief Executive Annington Limited

Nigel Howell, Chief Executive of First Port

David Jemmett, Honorary Auditor of Remembered

Don Keiller, Normandy veteran and 100 year old skydiver

Peter Ketley, (ex-Parachute Regiment) one half of The Grandads of The Atlantic, the Guinness World Record holders as the oldest pair to row across any ocean

Lt Col Martin King VR HAC, Fundraiser

Stephen Kingsman DL, Chairman of RBLI’s Board of Trustees

The Rt Hon. The Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke, former Secretary of State for Scotland and former British High Commissioner to Australia

Professor Terence Lewis MBE Chairman of Equinox

Frank Martin DL, Vice Chair of RBLI

Commodore Ian McGhie MA FCMI RN (Retd)

Vanessa Richards, former Trustee of Remembered

Steve Rowbotham, Trustee of RBLI

Paul Sapsford, Pew Pew Airsoft Community Fundraisers

Lord Shinkwin of Balham, campaigner for matters on disability equality

Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE DL, Governor & Commander-in-Chief Gibraltar

Neil Storey, award-winning social historian specialising in the study of the impact of war

Piers Storie-Pugh OBE, public speaker, architect of the ‘Heroes Return’ Scheme for veterans and former Chief Executive of The Not Forgotten Association

Peter Topley, veteran and resident

Brendan Touhey MBE, Retired Army Major

Michael Tu, former Trustee of Remembered

Major Wally Vincent, Secretary of the Army Catering Corps Association

Joanne Walker, ambassador for the Tommy

Alistair Watson, Trustee of RBLI

Neil Young, (ex-Parachute Regiment) one half of The Grandads of The Atlantic, the Guinness World Record holders as the oldest pair to row across any ocean

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