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Blesma and Ukrainian Limbless Veterans working together

Several Blesma Members have spent time with wounded Ukrainian soldiers to share their experiences of life with limb loss. The conversations were recorded and turned into powerful stories. 

VIEW THIS SITE IN UKRAINIAN COMING SOON : ПЕРЕГЛЯНУТИ ЦЕЙ САЙТ УКРАЇНСЬКОЮ МОВОЮ СКОРО

This project is an opportunity for conversations and stories to be shared between injured UK veterans and injured Ukrainian service personnel to support each other through recovery.

This is a space for individuals to listen, to be curious, to be open and to learn from each other.  Every story has value and this project is about sharing lived experiences to raise awareness of living with limb loss and disability and to share ideas on self motivation.

Here are their conversations...

 

 BLESMA MEMBER STORIES

Having both lived with limb loss for over 10 years, Mark and Stephan share their stories and insights into recovery, they talk about their struggles and what has helped them get through their toughest days.

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Former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod MBE
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Stephan van Niekerk served in The Rifles

 

IN BRIEF - COPING STRATEGIES

Tools that Mark and Stephan found helped them.

Click here to access Stephan’s Refocusing Exercise

HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

If you would like to get involved in future Conversations: Розмови you can do so in one of the following ways;

  • Blesma members - get in touch here if you would like to be involved in a conversation.
  • Ukrainian service personnel - get in touch here if you would like to be involved in a conversation.
  • Donate - by raising more funds, we can enable more Conversations. Donate to Blesma here

FIND OUT MORE / LINKS

The Drive Project

Citizen Charity Foundation

"It's still me." - Soldiers whose faces were forever changed by the war

PARTNERS

  • Blesma
  • Citizen Foundation
  • The Drive Project

These videos are part of a project funded by the OVA-Backed Afghan Veterans Fund, managed by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust 

If you've been affected by any of the issues raised, you can find details of organisations that offer advice and support here