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2017

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

  • Alex Stringer

    Alex Stringer
    20 July 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 you’ll see th

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  • Blesma Members' Weekend Report 2017

    Blesma Members' Weekend Report 2017
    11 July 2017

    Members’ Weekend was back in June, bigger and better than ever before! This year attracted many first-timers, who all soon felt like they’d been coming for years. Like much of what Blesma does, Members’ Weekend sees all kinds of positive transformations. Sure, for first-time visitors, it can be a little nerveracking – spending a couple of days with people you’ve never met before, not quite sure how it all works, can feel difficult. But if there are any anxious thoughts on Saturday morning, they’re banished by... Saturday afternoon! And by Monday everyone leaves with great me

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  • Join us for a TFL collection

    Join us for a TFL collection
    3 July 2017

    We are looking for supporters to help us with a TFL collection this July. Can you help? Bank Station - Tuesday 11 July: Collecting between 7:00 and 19:00 The busiest station in Europe There is no wheelchair access Canary Wharf – Thursday 13 July: Collecting between 7:00 and 20:00 There is good wheelchair access St Pauls Station - Thursday 20 July: Collecting between 7:00 and 19:00 There is no wheelchair access

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  • David's Story: The double amputee racing driver on the frontline of the grid.

    David's Story: The double amputee racing driver on the frontline of the grid.
    27 June 2017

    David Birrell is aiming to become the first double amputee to compete at Le Mans, the 24 hour endurance race. “I was on patrol when my interpreter stood on an IED. He lost his life. I was in front of him and all I remember is a flash, but no sound. Everything was dark, I was twisting around in the air. I didn’t have a clue what was happening. One minute I was walking, the next I had lost control and was lying on my belly." "Bullets were zipping over my head. I grabbed my helmet and stood up, but my left leg just folded under me. Another soldier got my body armour off. I gave

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