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  • Three military charities come together to relaunch late Army surgeon’s fundraiser for injured veterans

    Three military charities come together to relaunch late Army surgeon’s fundraiser for injured veterans
    16 February 2018

    Three military charities are coming together to relaunch the D-Day 44 Challenge, an event first run by Lt Col Mike McErlain, a serving Army surgeon who changed the lives of many injured service personnel for the better. Mike, his wife Jo and his brother-in-law Giles Barnes set up the run in 2009 but tragically Mike collapsed and died while doing the run himself in 2013. Now with Jo’s blessing the event returns in 2018, the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings, to continue its important fundraising work, with the three chosen charities being Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, Bli

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  • Owen picks up pace for Paralympic place

    Owen picks up pace for Paralympic place
    14 February 2018

    Owen Pick’s Paralympic dream is carving ever closer into view as the former Royal Anglian closes in on bringing home a medal. The 25-year-old, who only took up snowboarding five years ago, will lead the British charge for glory in the boardercross and banked slalom disciplines at the Winter Paralympics, competing in the 2018 Games in South Korea on 12 and 16 March. “To go to the Paralympics having jumped on a board for the first time five years ago in a country where there’s no snow is just wow!” Says Owen. Blesma-sponsored Owen, who had a below-knee amputation of his right leg a

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  • 25 injured veterans will perform in an epic theatre production as part of Blesma's WWI Centenary Commemorations

    25 injured veterans will perform in an epic theatre production as part of Blesma's WWI Centenary Commemorations
    5 February 2018

    Extraordinary scenes have been unfolding in a theatre rehearsal studio in East London over the past few months. Directed by Graeae and delivered in partnership with 1418 Now ‘This Is Not for You'  is a performance paying moving tribute to Britain’s wounded war veterans, men and women whose contributions to history often go unnoticed. The piece is directed by Jenny Sealey, written by Mike Kenny and performed by Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, professional performers and a choir of local people.   Bles

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  • Row2Recovery complete record breaking row across the Atlantic in aid of Blesma

    Row2Recovery complete record breaking row across the Atlantic in aid of Blesma
    21 January 2018

    An amputee war veteran has just set the record time for rowing across the Atlantic in what is branded the world’s toughest endurance race. Former Para Jordan Beecher and Captain Jon Armstrong became the fastest pair to complete the gruelling crossing as they powered their seven-metre-long boat to the finish line in just 37 days, beating the previous record by around three days. The pair, who first met in the back of a Land Rover as new recruit Paras on a military exercise on Salisbury Plain, braved mountainous seas and 40C temperatures on the 3,000-mile

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