There But Not There
The installation of 51 transparent seated military figures in the Penshurst Church over Remembrance 2016 lit a touch paper in the psyche of all who saw it.
Given that widespread resonance, There But Not There aims to place a representative figure for as many as possible of the names on local war memorials, around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War.
There But Not There will be the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind.
This project aims to Commemorate, Educate and Heal – the three aims of our charity. The project itself is the commemoration and there will be a comprehensive school education programme designed to bring to life and create an understanding and respect for the reasons why so many lost their lives during this time. Funds raised from the sale of our Tommies will contribute directly to the work carried out by our beneficiary charities below. The Tommies and their commemorative packaging are made by the Royal British Legion Industries, appropriately, by ex-Service Veterans employed by RBLI.
The charities we will support include:
The Royal Foundation – Changing the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing
The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation – highlighting the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, funding education and activities to capture the public imagination and commemorating the sacrifices made
Walking With The Wounded – Supporting our wounded into work
Combat Stress – treating Veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Depression and Anxiety
Help for Heroes – Supporting those affected by their time in the Armed Forces and their loved ones, to help them reach their potential and live fulfilling lives
Project Equinox: Housing Veterans and Medical Students – Plymouth University project to create sheltered housing for 40 single veterans