Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, have joined forces with sister Veterans charity Stoll to promote Forces Sauces on the eve of both Bonfire Night and British Sausage Week.
“We all like a good British Banger” says Chelsea Pensioner Douglas Payne. Adds fellow Veteran, Audrey Merton BEM, “Especially if there’s some Forces Sauces to go with them!”
Stoll resident Bob Barrett is the founder of and inspiration behind the launch of Forces Sauces in 2013. While reflecting on how he could help raise money to assist other Veterans get their lives back on track, Bob’s realisation that Brits spend over £400 million on their bottled sauces each year and his own entrepreneurial flair in running a small ‘Beef Kitchen’ at Stoll’s main Fulham site adjoining Stamford Bridge for those attending Chelsea FC home matches, led to their creation. The Royal British Legion helped develop this by funding an apprenticeship scheme that helped Veterans to train as chefs and now continues to work with Stoll as partners in the Forces Sauces initiative.
Made using the traditional method of large open pans specially by the English Provender Company and now available online and in Waitrose and Tesco stores nationwide, every bottle sold leads to a donation to Stoll and their partners in this venture, The Royal British Legion.
Two varieties are produced: Corporal Ketchup, with its rich, real-tomato taste that is not too sweet, and Brigadier Brown with its perfect balance of rich and fruity, with a touch of molasses, dates, tamarind and others spices.
Most surprising of all is that these sauces are truly British, unlike other currently better known ones! Do your bit for Britain and your Veterans and insist from now onwards on only Forces Sauces – whether at home, at work or at your local take-away!
Stoll Head of Fundraising and Communication, Samantha Barber says, “Not only does this collaboration coincide with Bonfire Night and British Sausage Week but also with the run up to the country’s annual Remembrance Day ceremonies when we remember all those who gave their lives so that we and our children may enjoy ours today safe and free. This really is a time to support our Veterans – and this is a brilliant and effective way of doing so.”
For more information about Stoll, the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Forces Sauces, contact:
Stoll and Forces Sauces
Samantha Barber, Head of Fundraising and Communications on [email protected] or 020 7381 7488 or 07885 806986
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Katie Kennedy, Marketing and Communications Manager on [email protected] or 020 7881 5517 Ext: 517
Notes to editors
Supporting images featuring Chelsea Pensions Audrey Merton BEM and Douglas Payne are available from Samantha Barber (above) in standard media format for use in support of this story in the United Kingdom. Photographer: Hayden Murtagh.
Stoll (formerly Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation) is a registered charity which enables vulnerable ex-Servicemen and women to live as independently as possible by providing a comprehensive range of services and rehabilitative support. These include appropriate housing in several London locations, supported by a variety of health and wellbeing activities, outreach to Veterans living in the wider community, a monthly drop-in of 20 Veterans’ agencies held in Stoll’s Fulham site’s Community Hall and a national scheme matching single Veterans of working age with social housing providers, the Veterans’ Nomination Scheme.
The charity was originally founded in 1916 by the well-know theatrical impresario, Sir Oswald Stoll, to provide accommodation and support for wounded soldiers returning from the First World War and their families. Stoll continues to house disabled ex-servicemen and women to this day and is committed to building and sustaining communities within which ex-Service people can live independently, positively and healthily.
Stoll has its main site in Fulham where it provides 157 homes with further sites at Westway Beacons in East Acton (with 20 homes), at its Chiswick War Memorial Homes in Chiswick (with 36 homes) and, with its official opening in barely 2 weeks, at Wessex House in Hounslow (with another 33 homes). Approaching its Centenary year, Stoll has bold plans matched by growing need to provide additional homes in the South East of England.
About the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners
The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded in 1681 by King Charles II to provide a home for ‘the relief of veterans broken by age or war’. Sir Christopher Wren designed the Royal Hospital Chelsea and it was opened in 1692. Today the Grade I listed site is still home to some 300 In-Pensioners (more commonly known as Chelsea Pensioners), who are all former soldiers of the British Army. The Royal Hospital aims to provide the Chelsea Pensioners with a home, comradeship and the very highest standards of care during their advanced years, in recognition of their loyal service to the nation.
The Chelsea Pensioners
In their distinctive scarlet uniforms, the Chelsea Pensioners have become icons in London and around the world. They are the living embodiment, as well as a visual reminder, of the Nation’s Covenant with her old soldiers. Current Chelsea Pensioners include veterans from World War II, Korea, Malaya, Borneo, The Falklands, Northern Ireland, Palestine and Cyprus.
How you can help
To find out how you can help or to make a donation to the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal, visit www.chelsea-pensioners.org.uk or call 020 7881 5324. (Registered charity number: 1076414)
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion’s work is encapsulated in its motto: Live On – to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. The Legion is the nation’s biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is the national custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal, and its emblem the red poppy. Find out more at www.britishlegion.org.uk