Annington is supporting the Royal British Legion's Centenary Village Campaign with a donation of £250,000 over three years. In light of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we brought forward our final donation to early 2020 to help the project's cash-flow.
A sister charity to the Royal British Legion, the RBLI is a national charity that supports the Armed Forces, people with disabilities and the unemployed and is a sister charity to the Royal British Legion. The charity's roots stem from the end of the First World War when it began helping thousands of the 55,000 soldiers discharged from the service with tuberculosis.
Today, the charity offers an impressive array of services to Veterans and their families: the charity's LifeWorks employment support service is available across the UK and abroad, providing essential guidance and courses to Veterans wishing to seek employment. LifeWorks for Families - supported for four years by the Annington Trust - offers the same quality courses to Service spouses and partners.
Situated within the charity's village in Aylesford, Kent, RBLI's social enterprise - Britain's Bravest Manufacturing Company (BBMC) - provides employment for a team of over 100, 70% of whom are either ex-Service or have a disability/health condition.
The charity's village also provides a home to hundreds of Armed Forces Veterans each year in its homes and apartments that range from care facilities to housing for families and accommodation for single Veterans. The charity is now on a mission to provide high quality housing to ex-Service personnel for another 100 years.
The Centenary Village has now completed 24 new single-person apartments which were opened by the Secretary of State for Defence in 2017. Funding has been secured to expand its facilities for older veterans, including building 15 new care suites next to its current nursing home Gavin Astor House, a new Day Care Centre, and dementia training to the entire nursing team.