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Latest news from Blesma, The Limbless Veterans

 

  • Meet the 2018 London Marathon team

    Meet the 2018 London Marathon team
    19 April 2018

    This year, nine people have braved the 26.2 mile challenge that is the London Marathon for our injured veterans. We've been speaking to them and asking the famous question: What's your first treat once you've finished the Marathon? Meet our Blesma runners: Blesma Member David Chandler David with his son, Nyle, who has been helping him with his Marathon training by cycling by his side.

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  • Family Comes First

    Family Comes First
    19 April 2018

    After 18 months of research, the results of a study into Members and their families are almost ready to be revealed. The groundbreaking Blesma Families Project is a unique research initiative that has, for the past 18 months, been gathering information on how veterans and their families cope  with limb loss. A total of 72 people from Members’ families have been interviewed or surveyed  to create a comprehensive understanding of

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  • Phantom Limb Pain: the facts

    Phantom Limb Pain: the facts
    17 April 2018

    WHAT IS PHANTOM LIMB PAIN? Phantom Limb Pain is the sensation of pain that seems to be coming from a limb that has been amputated. It is estimated that between 50 and 80 per cent of people develop Phantom Limb Pain after an amputation. The condition is more common in women than men and appears to be more widespread in upper rather than lower limb amputations. The term ‘phantom’ doesn’t mean that the symptoms of pain are imaginary. Phantom Limb Pain is a very real phenomenon, confirmed using brain imaging scans to study how nerve signals are transmitted t

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  • Schoolboy sells homemade poppies for Blesma

    Schoolboy sells homemade poppies for Blesma
    17 April 2018

    A DOUBLE AMPUTEE SCHOOLBOY raised over £100 for Blesma by selflessly using his school lunch breaks to crochet and sell poppies. In the run up to last year’s Remembrance Day, 12-year-old Cieran Kelso (pictured here with Blesma Member Shaun Stocker) who had to have both his legs amputated when he was just 13 months old after being diagnosed with meningitis, wanted to support injured soldiers who were in a similar situation to him by fundraising for a military charity. With the help of his teaching assistant, Cieran discovered Blesma and after successfully crocheting lots o

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