Managing Director Roger Arnold and Director Tom Hopkins visited the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) last week to present a cheque for our total donations raised through our support for the charity’s annual cycle ride to Ypres. Martin Arnold are proud to have supported the Ride With a Veteran campaign through various sponsorship packages and donations, with a figure surpassing £20,000.
Roger and Tom were hosted by the Friends of the RBLI volunteers, Penny Dyson and Brendan Touhey, who have been instrumental in the successful planning and delivery of the cycle ride since its infancy in 2018, along with Veterans Relation and Brand Manager, Steve Hammond. Martin Arnold are proud to have been involved in the most recent ride, along with all other rides to Ypres and within the UK throughout the 2 years that were affected by the COVID pandemic. All funds raised by the cycle rides by the Friends of the RBLI have been used towards the construction of a new care facility at the RBLI Village in Aylesford.
Roger and Tom were honoured to visit the housing and care facilities within the village, meeting some of the care providers and residents that benefit from the wonderful support that the charity provides. The tour also included a visit to the factory, home of Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Co, the UK’s leading social enterprise which provides employment to military veterans, as well as to those with disabilities. The company is a national market leader in the production of road and rail signs, along with wooden products such as pallets and fruit bins, general print and mail; they are also fulfilment and assembly specialists for all types of products for distribution around the UK.
Director Tom Hopkins said: “Being involved with the Friends of the RBLI since the outset of the Ride With a Veteran bike ride has been extremely moving. As an organisation, we have come to meet some wonderful people with some truly moving stories, and it has been great to be able to contribute to their lives not only through support and donations, but also by building an awareness of the great things the charity does.”