March 2022 Roundup

RBLI The Great Tommy Sleep Out Support Homeless Veterans

What is the Great Tommy Sleep Out?

The Great Tommy Sleep Out is a fundraising challenge designed to support the estimated 6,000 veterans that are experiencing homelessness in the UK right now.

During the month of March, we asked our supporters to brave a cold (and potentially wet) night to sleep out under the stars while fundraising for our most vulnerable veterans.

Over 11,000 people took on the challenge and slept outside for one night or more, in a tent, homemade shelter or directly beneath the stars! Whatever their ability, they gave up their comfort for those that gave their lives. Even the conditions couldn’t put them off as the snow covered the ground in March.

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What was their motivation?

We are raising awareness and funds for the estimated 6,000 veterans that are currently experiencing homelessness in the UK. Helping to get them off the streets and into safe, warm housing, while ensuring everyone has a fair opportunity to gain employment, regardless of health conditions or disability. The challenge doesn’t replicate rough sleeping, but it does give you an idea of the situation far too many of the nations heroes find themselves in.

No one that has fought for our country deserves to be on the streets. If I can do something I really enjoy & raise money at the same time that will make a real difference, then that’s a no brainer for me… now where’s that tent!

 

Joshua – Aged 11
The Great Tommy Sleep Out Participant 2021 & 2022

The Impact

Every pound raised from The Great Tommy Sleep Out helps to support the UK’s most vulnerable veterans by allowing RBLI to provide safe homes and the support they need to get back on their feet. Our emergency accommodation, Mountbatten Pavilion, has seen enormous benefit from the funds and awareness raised.

RBLI has ambitious plans to expand the outstanding facilities, care and welfare services we provide. The major expansion, scheduled for completion in 2024, will vastly increase the unique mix of homes for veterans and their families. When complete, our expanded Village will mean RBLI can support an additional 600 veterans annually for the next 100 years.

Our Fundraising Progress

Fundraisers

Money Raised

Nights Slept Out

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