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Centenary Bike Ride

This event has been postponed to 2021,

for more information please email penny.dyson@rbli.co.uk

BE ONE OF THE 100

Join RBLI’s veterans and take part in the two-day bike ride through the historic Great War battlefields of France and Belgium in celebration of RBLI’s centenary year.

The Menin Gate Ride will see fundraising cyclists travel an astonishing 150 miles from RBLI’s head office in Aylesford, Kent, all the way to Ypres, where the eastern border of France reaches Flanders Fields, the home of some of the most momentous battles of the war.

After passing through the this remarkable region of western Belgium and climbing a total of more than 1,000 total metres in altitude the cyclists will then arrive in Ypres, surrounded by the Salient Battlefields, in time to attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

The event is fully supported with ride captains, transport of luggage, support vehicles, tour leaders and medics. Light refreshments will be available at the start, and you will also receive lunch and refreshment stops each day and a celebration dinner on the final night in Ypres.

This is a fundraising event for RBLI. Participation on the ride is dependent on your commitment to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship on top of the costs of £499 per person.

You can either sign up to this event below, or sponsor a veteran to take part.

To sponsor a veteran, please email pennydyson@rbli.co.uk

BE ONE OF THE 100

Join RBLI’s veterans and take part in the two-day bike ride through the historic Great War battlefields of France and Belgium in celebration of RBLI’s centenary year.

The Menin Gate Ride will see fundraising cyclists travel an astonishing 150 miles from RBLI’s head office in Aylesford, Kent, all the way to Ypres, where the eastern border of France reaches Flanders Fields, the home of some of the most momentous battles of the war.

After passing through the this remarkable region of western Belgium and climbing a total of more than 1,000 total metres in altitude the cyclists will then arrive in Ypres, surrounded by the Salient Battlefields, in time to attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

The event is fully supported with ride captains, transport of luggage, support vehicles, tour leaders and medics. Light refreshments will be available at the start, and you will also receive lunch and refreshment stops each day and a celebration dinner on the final night in Ypres.

This is a fundraising event for RBLI. Participation on the ride is dependent on your commitment to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship on top of the costs of £499 per person.

You can either sign up to this event below, or sponsor a veteran to take part.

To sponsor a veteran, please email pennydyson@rbli.co.uk

This event has been postponed to 2021,

for more information please email penny.dyson@rbli.co.uk

The Community Events team are currently working from home. You can still contact us with any questions or for more details about this event by emailing fundraising@rbli.co.uk.

Cost

£499

What’s included in the cost?

  • 2 x nights accommodation
  • 1 x evening meals in Ypres
  • 2 x refreshment stops each day
  • 2 x lunches
  • Ferry crossing Dover to Calais
  • Tour leaders and support vehicles
  • Medic
  • Coach transfer from Ypres to Aylesford
  • Transfer of bikes back to Aylesford
  • RBLI cycle jersey and certificate
Cost

£499

What’s included in the cost?

  • 2 x nights accommodation
  • 1 x evening meals in Ypres
  • 2 x refreshment stops each day
  • 2 x lunches
  • Ferry crossing Dover to Calais
  • Tour leaders and support vehicles
  • Medic
  • Coach transfer from Ypres to Aylesford
  • Transfer of bikes back to Aylesford
  • RBLI cycle jersey and certificate
How Your Fundraising Supports Veterans
TIM BROWN

Former Royal Engineer and AGC, Tim Brown was diagnosed with PTSD after serving in the Armed Forces for 23 years. His significant military career, which began in 1987, includes the Gulf War, Bosnia, a two-year tour of Northern Ireland and 2 tours of Iraq.

However, unfortunately, his extensive service eventually took a toll on his mental health.

Tim is now a Team Leader in RBLI’s leading social enterprise Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company. Tim’s father, Ray, served in the Merchant Navy from 1941 – 1945. Those four long years of World War Two saw Ray serve in the Italy landings at the Bay of Naples, support in the D-Day landings and help protect Burma and India from Japanese invasion.

Ray passed in 1977 when Tim was just nine, leaving behind his wife Connie and the medals he received for his heroism: The 1935-1945 star, the Atlantic Star with France & Germany clasp, The Burma Star, the Italy Star and The War Medal. Tim is a proud father to seven.

Paul

Veterans, like ex-Royal Marine Paul, came to RBLI in urgent need of support.

After serving for 22 years and suffering life changing physical injuries in Afghanistan, Paul was medically discharged, struggling with severe PTSD, anxiety and developed alcohol dependency.

Paul moved into Mount Batten Pavilion at speed; this is RBLI’s emergency accommodation for homeless veterans at those at risk of eviction.

Paul soon realised that he was surrounded by people who understood his struggles as many had been through a similar journey. RBLI’s village was the right environment for Paul to make progress – where emotional, physical and personal development needs are supported holistically by our on-site welfare team, helping him to make steps towards independence.

As his confidence and independence increases, we are supporting Paul’s goal to move into one of RBLI’s adapted independent living apartments and to pursue his interest in writing and art, and his ambition to study for a degree.

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THERE BUT NOT THERE LEAVES ITS
LEGACY TO RBLI

A high-profile national remembrance project set up to commemorate a century since the end of the First World War has left its own legacy to Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), ensuring that its work continues to benefit the country’s most vulnerable veterans.

There But Not There (TBNT), run by military charity Remembered, was launched in 2018 to ‘commemorate, educate and heal’ through the installation of moving World War I Tommy figures in communities throughout the UK.

RBLI and TBNT first joined forces at the beginning of the commemorative Tommy project, with veterans at RBLI’s social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, producing a range of Tommy figures and the responsibility for their distribution.

Former head of the British Army and There But Not There patron Lord Dannatt said:“I am delighted that RBLI will be continuing the remarkable work achieved by Remembered over the last two years. The Tommy is an iconic figure symbolising sacrifice and service. RBLI are the ideal partners to keep this powerful symbol in the forefront of the nation’s recognition of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and security.”

Today, Lord Dannatt continues his support.

THERE BUT NOT THERE LEAVES ITS
LEGACY TO RBLI

A high-profile national remembrance project set up to commemorate a century since the end of the First World War has left its own legacy to Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), ensuring that its work continues to benefit the country’s most vulnerable veterans.

There But Not There (TBNT), run by military charity Remembered, was launched in 2018 to ‘commemorate, educate and heal’ through the installation of moving World War I Tommy figures in communities throughout the UK.

RBLI and TBNT first joined forces at the beginning of the commemorative Tommy project, with veterans at RBLI’s social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, producing a range of Tommy figures and the responsibility for their distribution.

Former head of the British Army and There But Not There patron Lord Dannatt said:“I am delighted that RBLI will be continuing the remarkable work achieved by Remembered over the last two years. The Tommy is an iconic figure symbolising sacrifice and service. RBLI are the ideal partners to keep this powerful symbol in the forefront of the nation’s recognition of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and security.”

Today, Lord Dannatt continues his support.