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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that RBLI’s Chairman, Edwin Boorman OBE passed away on 14th March 2012 after a short illness.
Edwin will be greatly missed by all at RBLI, the wider village community and throughout Kent where he has been a stalwart Ambassador for the county as well as a former Kent County President of The Royal British Legion and it was for this that Edwin was awarded an OBE in 2002.
Edwin served RBLI tirelessly for well over 40 years and had been Chairman since 2000.
Under his leadership and through the many changes that have occurred in the passing years, RBLI has kept up to date by providing the very best in care and support to ex-Service men and women as well as disabled and disadvantaged people, whatever their background.
Edwin had a heartfelt passion and vision for the future of the Village and spread the word far and wide about what he called “Kent’s best kept secret”. He was instrumental in bringing many of the “good and great” to RBLI last July to launch the Charity’s 2016 strategy in order to help spread the word.
Edwin was enormously proud of all the achievements of RBLI including the provision of the highest quality care provided in Gavin Astor House and latterly in Queen Elizabeth Court, the assisted living scheme that opened in 2005.
Edwin was always very proud of RBLI and we were privileged to have such an inspirational Chairman whose legacy will live on.
RBLI’s new President is The Viscount De L’Isle, Lord- Lieutenant of Kent. Royal British Legion Industries was honoured to welcome The Lord- Lieutenant and The Viscountess De L’Isle to Aylesford on Wednesday 23rd November. The Lord -Lieutenant spoke with staff in the Social Enterprise Signs Department and produced his own sign.
As a former officer in the Grenadier Guards, Lord De L’Isle was particularly interested in meeting the staff and students on the LifeWorks course. This course provides vocational assessment, information and advice to Veterans with disabilities or health conditions.
The final part of the tour was a visit to RBLI’s high dependency care home, Gavin Astor House and the assisted living home, Queen Elizabeth Court. Linda Alder, Head of Healthcare and Welfare hosted this visit which included a satisfactory ‘room inspection’ of former Chief Accountant of TRBL, John Riggs.