Tony Blair donates book money to Royal British Legion

Advance and proceeds from ex-Prime Minister's memoirs will go to Battle Back Challenge Centre, a rehabilitation centre for seriously injured services personnel

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will donate his advance and all of the proceeds from his upcoming memoirs to the Royal British Legion.

The money from A Journey, which will be published on 1 September, will go towards the charity’s Battle Back Challenge Centre, a rehabilitation centre for seriously injured service personnel.

Blair’s advance for writing the book has been reported as £4.6m, although a spokesman for the former premier would not confirm the figure.

The spokesman added in a statement: "In making this decision, Tony Blair recognises the courage and sacrifice the armed forces demonstrate day in, day out.

"We have been consulting with a number of people and organisations to decide the best support he can give. There is one project consistently highlighted: The Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Challenge Centre."

The charity has set a fundraising target of £12m for the centre, which is due to open in summer 2012.

Chris Simpkins, director-general of the Royal British Legion, said: "Mr Blair’s generosity is much appreciated and will help us to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of hundreds of injured personnel."

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