ThankYou100: Rotary gifts Special Edition Centenary watches to specially chosen few!
As part of the Royal British Legion’s ‘ThankYou100’ campaign, alongside creating 1918 Limited Edition Centenary Watches, we have also created a select number of Special Edition models which are not available for purchase. They are being gifted to individuals that Rotary and the Royal British Legion would like to thank for their above and beyond service to the Royal British Legion. Each individual has shown great valour, determination and selflessness, so we sent the Rotary team to surprise each of them with this special gift to ensure they know just how appreciated they are!
Here’s a little more about these incredible individuals…
Eric Vaughan is a 95 year old D-day veteran. We became aware of Mr Vaughan when a member of the public wrote to us regarding a burglary which took place at Mr Vaughan’s home whilst he returned to Normandy last year, for the first time since he served there during the Second World War.
Amongst the items stolen from Eric was his beloved Rotary Watch, gifted to him by his wife Beryl.
Whilst we cannot replace the sentimental value of Eric’s stolen watch, we hope that this gift in some way reassures Eric, and Beryl, that his service has not and will not be forgotten.
Jeffrey Long, MBE:
Last year, veteran Jeffrey Long raised an astonishing 120,000 for the Royal British Legion by walking 86 miles on his 86th birthday: an impressive feat to say the least!
His walk went viral after comedian Jason Manford heard of Jeffrey’s walk and promoted his JustGiving page on social media.
In addition to this, Jeffrey is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others: well-deserved Jeffrey!
Dan has just kayaked the LENGTH of Great Britain in just 60 days to raise money for the Royal British Legion… fantastic! To break that down for you he paddled 720 miles and walked 190 miles: totalling an astonishing 910 miles. That averages at around 15 miles a day.
Dan has undertaken this incredible physical commitment to remember WW1 soldiers in this centenary year and raise vital funds for the Royal British Legion.
If you’d like to donate to Dan’s ‘Paddle of Britain’ text P0BD79 + the amount you’d like to donate to 70070.
Simon Wright is the co-founder of ‘We Remember Them’: a campaign run by volunteers who raise money through sponsored challenges.
Simon has also undertaken the ‘Swim to Remember’ challenge, this Remembrance Sunday, in Derwentwater. ‘Swim to Remember’ is an open water swimming challenge which saw 100 swimmers enter the very cold waters at Derwentwater in the Lake District to swim 1km to remember those who endured something extraordinary for our collective freedom.
Damon is an incredible volunteer and a keen amateur historian. Early last year he began the missing/lost names project, to add the names of the missing fallen to add to the Cenotaph at Pudsey. This project has been very successful and a special plaque will be unveiled by a Gulf War Veteran on the 11/11. In addition to that he set up the “Friends of Pudsey Cemetery” group to clean up & tend to the commonwealth graves at Pudsey Cemetery & gives guided tours to the community. In addition to this Damon is a member of the Pudsey Civic Society, and has put on several events this year, displaying a wealth of information, artefacts & assistance in tracing relatives who died in WW1.
Volunteers at Chancery Lane:
All the individuals we chose are extraordinary, each in a unique and individual way. Not every action of remembrance needs to be grand and we wanted to recognise the volunteers at Chancery Lane station on London Poppy day who gave up their time to sell Poppys to commuters.
Every act of kindness and selflessness is so important and the Royal British Legion is incredibly reliant on those who give up their valuable time to collection these vital donations.
As such we decided to surprise ten volunteers at Chancery Lane station with a Special Edition watch to make sure that they too know just how appreciated they are.