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2017

The Blesma News for 2017 covering news, activities and fundraising events for limbless veterans. 

  • "How Blesma and RBLI found me a new home"

    "How Blesma and RBLI found me a new home"
    15 September 2017

    Nestled in the heart of Kent is a village with a difference. At first glance, the RBLI village in Aylesford might not look particularly out of the ordinary. The village café, a great place for residents to meet up, is at the heart of the community. There are shops and apartments, and a factory that gives the local community a place to work. There’s a nursing home for elderly residents and a Garden of Honour, built to commemorate the centenary of WWI, which is a place to remember those who served, and still serve, in the Armed Forces. So far, so normal. But look more closely and y

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  • Blesma getting ready for ‘the City’s Finest Banquet’

    Blesma getting ready for ‘the City’s Finest Banquet’
    6 September 2017

    The UK’s leading business security and resilience membership network, CSARN (City Security and Resilience Networks), is hosting a charity banquet to raise money for four charities, including Blesma. The black-tie event is being held at the Honorable Artillery Company, whose stunning grounds are in the heart of London, on Thursday 21 September starting at 6.15pm. The banquet itself has been created by renowned Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin of Ormer Jersey and Ormer Mayfair. Entertainment will be provided by Kev Orkian – one of the UK’s finest entertainers and an acclaimed com

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  • A month to go - 34 Blesma Members selected for the Invictus Games

    A month to go - 34 Blesma Members selected for the Invictus Games
    23 August 2017

    A staggering 34 Blesma Members have been selected to compete for Great Britain at this year's Invictus Games, which will be held in Toronto in September. The prestigious Games will bring together wounded, injured and sick Armed Service personnel and veterans from 17 nations for the third time when competitors meet in Canada next month. Previous events have been held in London (2014) and Orlando (2016). Double amputee, Blesma Member and this year's team captain, Bernard Broad will be making his debut at the Games, where he will lead the 90-strong Great Britain team.  "Being named

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  • The annual Amesbury Duck Race - get involved!

    The annual Amesbury Duck Race - get involved!
    10 August 2017

    Blesma Member Andy Derry will be holding his annual duck race on 28 August in aid of the Association. One thousand plastic ducks will race on the River Avon in this awesome event and you can get involved! You can purchase your own duck for just £2 - all the money raised will go to Blesma and there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs.  To take part in the race, please send a cheque payable to Blesma (2£ per duck) along with your name and contact number, to: The Duck Race, Blesma Fundraising Team, 185-187 Highr Road, Chadwell Heath, Essex RM6 6NA. The event is held on the

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