Named Tommy, a nickname for a British soldier used for many years but particularly associated with the First World War, the 3.6% ABV ale is crisp and fresh, with malt-led flavours and character.
For every pint and bottle sold, 5p will be donated towards the charity’s work supporting soldiers, veterans, and their families in times of need. It will be available to buy at various Army bases across the country, and from Wadworth’s brewery shop, and its online shop from June 10.
Wadworth chief executive, Chris Welham, said: “We are proud to be supporting The Soldiers’ Charity during their 75th anniversary year, and to see that, to this day, they continue to ensure that all soldiers, veterans and their families are afforded the independence and dignity they deserve. We hope that Tommy will raise a fantastic amount of money for a cause that is close to our hearts.
“With two significant Army garrisons in Wiltshire, Salisbury and Swindon very close to our own brewery, and the public in the area also understanding the significance of the Army here, we are sure it will be popular in the region, as well as up and down the country.”
Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, chief of staff at The Soldiers’ Charity, added: “Since 1944, the welfare of soldiers, past and present, has been at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted to be working with Wadworth in celebration of our 75th year.
“In the last 12 months alone, our work touched 70,000 members of the Army family in 68 countries. Wadworth’s support will go a long way to ensuring future generations of our Army family receive the support they need for years to come.”
Wadworth was one of the ﬁrst suppliers to the Army Canteen Board (later renamed the NAAFI) after the outbreak of the First World War and operated during the rationing of the Second World War. Tommy will celebrate the shared history of the two organisations and mark 75 years since The Soldiers’ Charity, formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund, was established in 1944, to care for the returning soldiers who fought in the war and their immediate families.