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A Heartfelt Thanks from the Royal Naval Association

To celebrate the Allied Victory in Europe last VE Day, Nelson’s Distillery and School created a very special VE Day Charity Gin to help raise funds for The Royal Naval Association and Care after Combat.

This one-of-a-kind, clean, and crisp London Dry gin contains Nelson’s secret blend of 27 botanicals from across the globe – with Thai lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, Madagascan vanilla, and Sri Lankan cinnamon.

This gesture was in tribute to all those who have fought and sacrificed their lives so that our country and its people may live on freely and comfortably.

The Royal Naval Association has over 300 branches, with more than 20,000 members in both the UK and overseas. They are a tight-knit family and community which comprises current and former Naval Service personnel, relatives, as well as supporters of the UK Royal Navy.

To express their heartfelt thanks, they sent us a lovely letter:

Thank you so much for your extremely kind gesture in choosing to support the Royal Naval Association in this – the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.  It really is very much appreciated. I bought two bottles myself; one to drink and one to keep and, I must say, I very much enjoyed it. I suspect it’ll be a struggle to keep the remaining bottle intact!

The RNA is a rank-blind membership organisation primarily for serving and former serving RN personnel who are proud of their Naval Service. With our central tenets of Unity, Loyalty, Patriotism and Comradeship, we seek to maintain the naval ethos and enjoy sharing experiences with like-minded people while supporting each other when needed. It was established after the war in 1950 and was recognised with a Royal Charter in 1954.

We still maintain a membership of over 11,000 with some 270 branches throughout the country which unfortunately are not able to meet at the moment but we’ve been working on our communications to try to lessen the impact of this enforced social isolation; especially for our more elderly shipmates. Your donation will certainly help us to achieve that.

If truth be told, the sailor’s favourite tipple was traditionally rum, not least because the daily rum ration was issued free of charge until it [this] ceased on 31st July 1970 – known colloquially as Black Tot Day.  Hard to believe that it was only 50 years ago and by which time we were already sending Polaris nuclear submarines to sea with the capability to blow up half the planet! Hardly surprising the tot had to go. I joined the RN in 1982 so by then the tot had long gone and a G&T was very much the thing. One of the initiatives which [have] been introduced in these strange times is the Wednesday virtual tot. Your production has therefore been a huge relief as I have legitimately been able to drink gin rather than rum so my thanks is very personal as well as on behalf of the Association.

We do hope to be able to come up a visit once we are allowed to and to thank you in person however, in the meantime, very best wishes.

With heartfelt thanks.  Very sincerely,

Bill Oliphant

Nelson’s Distillery & School truly look forward to more future collaborations with the Royal Navy Association and will continue to support them in their wonderful endeavours.

As they say in the Navy, “Friends in fun, fellowship and need”!

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