What is Red, White and Blue Day?
RWB Day is a national fundraising campaign run annually by the three official Service charities, the Royal Navy Royal Marine Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund for schools. This year, RWB Day marked the centenary of World War I with special videos and a lesson plan on life and rations in the trenches.
Patty Wallis, Project Manager of Red, White and Blue Day said: “Red, White and Blue Day is now in its third year and we are thrilled with its growing popularity in schools across the country. It’s wonderful to see students honouring those who fought in World War I and learning more about those who serve today and what life is like for their families. The funds raised this year will help the three Service charities supporting soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families in need.”
The films were created by author and military historian Andrew Robertshaw, who taught pupils at Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire about rations from both the First and Second World Wars. The films feature two students from Rendcomb College and focus on how soldiers prepared food and tea in the trenches, bringing life on the frontline into today’s classrooms. To prepare for the filming, Rendcomb pupils dug a trench and then cooked corned beef hash and brewed tea. They did this using authentic props and wearing clothing which was historically correct. The afternoon was thought provoking and good fun.
Rendcomb was founded in 1920 by a returning World War 1 soldier – Noel Wills. He was a man of great philanthropy and educational vision whose values of compassion and social responsibility are still evident at the school.
RWB Day will be actively supported at Rendcomb. Staff and pupils of all ages will dress in red white and blue and make a cash contribution to the charity.