Join thousands of people around the country to host or join a Tommy Tea. 

The money you raise will help to get more homeless and vulnerable veterans back on their feet. 

Supported by Morrisons and Britain Loves Baking

Tommy Tea will be held between 2nd and 16th September

Organise a Tommy Tea and get your Free Downloadable pack to support your event. Will it be family round for tea, friends for afternoon tea, a garden or street party. Feeling hungry just reading this? Just sign up now!

Tommy Tea will be held between 2nd and 16th September

Organise a Tommy Tea and get your Free Downloadable pack to support your event. Will it be family round for tea, friends for afternoon tea, a garden or street party. Feeling hungry just reading this? Just sign up now!

Bake it or Buy it?

We are really pleased to announce that Morrisons will be selling Tommy Tea Boxes and making a big donation to RBLI. This is great news, all you need to do is pour the tea and get the box open for a delicious fundraising experience. In addition, Britain Loves Baking has put together an amazing Baking Box so you, your friends and family can enjoy making delicious treats for your Tommy Tea. Britain Loves Baking will also be making a donation on each box you purchase. They even have a special street party box for up to 30 people!

What a choice you have! Don’t forget to send us your pictures so we can marvel at your cooking skills and lovely Tommy Tea spread.

YOUR SUPPORT CHANGES LIVES

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
Did you know? Legacies are an incredibly valuable way to support our work, long into the future. Legacies left by our amazing supporters, just like Betty Underhill OBE, ensure we can be there for future generations of veterans and their families – at the moment they need us.

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.

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.

WHERE WILL THE FUNDS BE SPENT?

We help to improve the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable veterans and their families, through providing accommodation, employment and welfare support. RBLI is a completely separate charity in both governance and finance to The Royal British Legion.

Thousands of veterans rely on us each year to provide crucial support, to help them get back on their feet. We are currently building new homes for veterans – the Centenary Village, in Aylesford, Kent. This will not only provide homes, but specialist welfare and employment support for the UK’s most disadvantaged veterans, and their families.

The Tommy Tea will directly support these important projects. When complete, the Centenary Village will provide family accommodation, adapted apartments for veterans with disabilities, assisted living quarters and a community and education centre to discourage isolation and encourage education.

VJ Day Tommy

Centenary
Village

Garden Tommy

Employment Support

VE Day Tommy

Specialist Welfare Support

IN MEMORY OF
BETTY UNDERHILL OBE

We are proud to be launching the Tommy Tea in memory of Betty Underhill OBE. Betty was a Trustee of RBLI from 1996 to 2011. She passionately dedicated her life to raising funds to support veterans and their families who were most in need. When Betty sadly passed away in 2018, she was able to continue making a difference to the cause she cared so deeply for through a generous gift left in her will to RBLI. Betty is described as a ‘leading light‘ in recognition of her leadership and the energy she put in to helping the veteran community. We hope to match Betty’s generous legacy through the Tommy Tea, and provide support and homes to even more veterans and their families, in Betty’s honour.

IN MEMORY OF
BETTY UNDERHILL OBE

We are proud to be launching the Tommy Tea in memory of Betty Underhill OBE. Betty was a Trustee of RBLI from 1996 to 2011. She passionately dedicated her life to raising funds to support veterans and their families who were most in need. When Betty sadly passed away in 2018, she was able to continue making a difference to the cause she cared so deeply for through a generous gift left in her will to RBLI. Betty is described as a ‘leading light‘ in recognition of her leadership and the energy she put in to helping the veteran community. We hope to match Betty’s generous legacy through the Tommy Tea, and provide support and homes to even more veterans and their families, in Betty’s honour.

WHERE DOES THE TERM ‘TOMMY’
COME FROM?

The origins of the term Tommy is widely disputed, the most common interpretation is that the term comes from Tommy Atkins, which is slang for a common soldier in the British Army. The term Tommy was established during the nineteenth century, but is particularly associated with World War 1. Legend has it that German soldiers would call out to “Tommy” across no man’s land if they wanted to speak to a British soldier.

Established in 1919, RBLI were helping and supporting many wounded, injured and sick ex-Forces personnel returning from World War I, including Tommys.

WHERE DOES THE TERM ‘TOMMY’
COME FROM?

The origins of the term Tommy is widely disputed, the most common interpretation is that the term comes from Tommy Atkins, which is slang for a common soldier in the British Army. The term Tommy was established during the nineteenth century, but is particularly associated with World War 1. Legend has it that German soldiers would call out to “Tommy” across no man’s land if they wanted to speak to a British soldier.

Established in 1919, RBLI were helping and supporting many wounded, injured and sick ex-Forces personnel returning from World War I, including Tommys.