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About the event

The Family Activities Week will be held at the Bendrigg Trust in Cumbria. Members and their families will be staying in the fully adapted Acorn House. The week has been designed for families to enjoy activities together, such as archery, climbing and canoeing.

What's involved?

  • The aim of the weekend is to engage with other Members and their families, allowing families to share in some of the friendships our Members enjoy.
  • Spouses, partners, carers, children and grandchildren are all welcome.
  • Any member with a family of between two and five members (eg. Member + up to 5 others) For bigger families please contact us directly. 
  • Children must be 5 years and over

Previous family Activities

Bendrigg Trust, Cumbria

Will it cost me to attend?

Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO.

What is the selection process?

The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.

How much notice will I be given?

Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase.

If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.

How does the reserve list work?

Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).

I have never been on a Blesma activity?

Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.

Who will lead the activity?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

Am I deserving of a Blesma activity, what if others are more in need?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

My son has had "the best time ever" and has had a positive effect on him with his understanding of Amputees and other children effected by this. We have made new life long friends with whom we have already been in touch with.



Thank you Blesma, from all
the Keating clan, for a great week, an incredibly positive experience both physically and mentally, and a load of fantastic memories.

Mike Keating

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Activities Team
Tel: 0208 548 7094

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