Veterans coasters to be sold in Tynemouth supermarket in support of wounded, injured and sick ex-servicemen

Injured ex-servicemen have joined forces with a local supermarket to make and sell drink coasters to raise crucial funds for Britain’s most vulnerable veterans.

Friday, 4th October 2019, 10:29 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 15:06 pm
Injured ex-servicemen at Royal British Legion Industries have joined forces with Morrisons to make and sell drink coasters - to raise crucial funds for Britain’s most vulnerable veterans. They are now on sale in Morrisons Tynemouth, with all profits going to support wounded, injured and sick ex-servicemen and women.

The coasters, made by ex-servicemen at Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) are now on sale in Morrisons Tynemouth.

All profits made from sales of the items will go to support wounded, injured and sick ex-servicemen and women.

Veterans have been producing the coasters at RBLI’s social enterprise Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (BBMC).

BBMC is a not-for-profit enterprise which employs more than 100 people, and 70 per cent of those are veterans, have a disability, or both.

Former Welsh Guard Steve Hammond was left permanently injured when serving on the Sir Galahad when it was attacked by Argentine bombers during the Falklands War.

Now a BBMC team leader, he oversees a group of veterans who have been working on the project.

He said: “When I left the forces, I had nothing. That’s where RBLI stepped in – they organised for me to see a surgeon to help with my injuries, gave me a house for my family, then there was a job for me when I fully recovered.

“It’s been a real pleasure to work on an exciting project like this. I know the veterans cannot wait to see them in-store.”

The coasters come in packs of four at £4 each and they feature the emblem of the factory - where veterans produce road and rail signage, wooden products such as pallets, and provide printing and mailing services.