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  • The Blesma Members' Weekend is back & will take place from 9-11 June 2018

    The Blesma Members' Weekend is back & will take place from 9-11 June 2018
    20 November 2017

    The 2018 Members’ Weekend will again take place at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth. If you would like to come along to meet old friends and make some new ones, find out what Blesma Members are up to, and to have your say on what Blesma should be focusing on to support  Members, please put the date in your diary now and complete the application form below. Blesma covers the cost of Ordinary and Associate Members and their partners or carers. The 2018 Annual General Meeting will take place during the Weekend, but the formalities will be kept to a minimum as always. We very much hope

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  • "Putting a positive spin on things" - How Simon credits mountain biking with getting his life back on track

    "Putting a positive spin on things" - How Simon credits mountain biking with getting his life back on track
    6 November 2017

    Stressed, depressed and racked with guilt after his injury, Simon Taylor was struggling, then he had a go on a bike. Simon Taylor, a former Sergeant in the Light Dragoons, remembers feeling depressed as he struggled with multiple medical setbacks after being hit by an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Then he was given a mountain bike and his life changed for the better. During a training day tearing through Thetford Forest, Simon talks through his bumpy road to recovery – which has ended up with him competing for a top mountain bike race team – and explains how the off-

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  • "My Remembrance Day" - Afghanistan Veteran Gregg Stevenson

    "My Remembrance Day" - Afghanistan Veteran Gregg Stevenson
    31 October 2017

    Life in the army 06 March 2009 was the day I lost both my legs in a bomb blast. I was 22. "I’d joined the Royal Engineers when I was 19 – being a soldier was the only thing I had ever wanted to do – but I was blown up on my very first tour of Afghanistan. I can’t forget the seconds immediately after it happened. I was on patrol when I stood on an IED and was thrown upwards violently. There was a deafening ringing in my ears, and I felt as if I had been punched so, so hard. I was evacuated to the military hospital at Camp Bastion where both my legs were amputat

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  • Land Army veteran is finally recognised

    Land Army veteran is finally recognised
    27 October 2017

    Elizabeth Bartlett has told how she lost her leg on the first day working as a Women's Land Army volunteer and had to wait almost 75 years for compensation. Now 97, Elizabeth was just 21 when she gave up her job in a Sheffield steelworks to join the war effort in October 1941. She was sent to a farm 220 miles away in Kent, but fell into a threshing machine on her first day, suffering a devastating injury. I had worked on the machine in the morning but when I went to stand on it in the afternoon, someone had moved a board and I fell into the machine. My leg went into th

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