On the 12th July, Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) commemorated their 100th Anniversary by holding an event in which approx. 70 riders cycled to Ypres in Belgium to raise funds for the charity. Two of the riders, LCpl Golding and Pte Lawless Hughes, were from 220 Medical Squadron, Aylesford, part of 254 Medical Regiment. WO2 Baker and Cpl Gilbert from 220 Med Sqn also attended the event in the capacity as volunteers, providing medical cover.
The ride set off on the Friday morning, culminating in cycling through the Menin Gate on Saturday and then attending the ceremony there at 2000hrs. The Sunday then provided an opportunity to visit some of the memorials within the Ypres Salient. As a group they lay a wreath on behalf of the Regt, with Pte Lawless Hughes as the most junior member laying the wreath itself.
RBLI is an independent charity from The Royal British Legion which is based in Aylesford, Kent and is one of two sites that were set up in 1919 as TB colonies. In modern times, they provide housing and work opportunities for the whole of the Armed Forces Community. This includes, independent living for vulnerable service leavers right through to family housing and nursing care. They also provide work opportunities in their factory as well as other services to support the above community in to work.