The heroes supported by the O's

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Over the course of the 21/22 season, Leyton Orient is proudly partnering with the Tommy Club – a national veteran support project set up by Royal British Legion Industries to raise vital funds for the country’s heroes.

Steve Hammond joined the 1st battalion Welsh Guards in 1977 but was medically discharged 12 years later when he sustained a life-changing injury on the Sir Galahad during the Falklands War.

Steve said: “I left the forces and returned to my family with just a suitcase. I desperately needed an operation to get back to work but was told I couldn’t get it until I was 55 – I had to wait 15 years.

“But thankfully, RBLI managed to get the operation sorted for me within 6 weeks, then they offered me a house on their village in Kent and a job too.”

Veteran Steve Hammond with a Leyton Orient Tommy

Steve now works in the charity’s social enterprise factory, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, helping to produce the many thousands of Tommy figures which are sold all over the UK to support the Tommy Club’s activities.

Former Royal Marine George Bradford, 90, is one of the 300 veterans provided with a home on RBLI’s Aylesford village.

Veteran George Bradford, Tommy Club Founding Patron

George said: “As a Tommy Club Founding Patron, I have seen first-hand what the club is doing to support our veterans. The Tommy Club is making sure that these brave men and women can be supported for generations to come.

“We cannot be prouder of Leyton Orient’s support and what they are doing to help.”

To join the Tommy and help raise vital funds for the nation’s heroes, visit www.tommyclub.co.uk.

 

Photos: RBLI