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2018

The Blesma News for 2018 covering news, activities and fundraising events for limbless veterans. 

  • Wounded veterans crew adapted tall ship to Jersey

    17 August 2018

    A group of injured veterans and their family members are set to sail the English Channel in a fully adapted tall ship, thanks to Blesma, The Limbless Veterans and the Jubilee Sailing Trust. On Saturday 18 August, 18 Blesma Members along with their family members, carers and JST staff will board SV Tenacious, which is specially designed to be accessible for all abilities throughout, to travel on a week-long voyage, as part of Blesma’s WW1 centenary commemorations. The crew, which includes veterans with a range of disabilities consisting of s

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  • Did you know that you can run an activity for your fellow Blesma Members? Member Alex Krol shows us how it's done

    31 July 2018

    Member Alex Krol is certain his passion for flying has helped him with his rehabilitation. So, he suggested we let other Members have a go. “Flying a plane is something everyone wants to do as a kid, isn’t it? We all wanted to be pilots when we were younger.” Says Alex Krol. “I’m spinally injured, so I use a wheelchair all the time, but I can still get into a plane! If I wasn’t in the situation I’m in, I wouldn’t have had the chance to learn to fly. I feel very blessed and fortunate that I can do this!” Alex, a former Royal Marine who was paralysed when a car pulled in front

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  • High five for Blesma Week as it proves a success once more

    25 July 2018

    No challenge was too tough in early June as Members, supporters and volunteers all went the extra mile (or 100!) to support the fifth Blesma Week. From London to the Vale of York, the Association’s annual week of fundraising and awareness raising sparked a range of events from running and cycling, to cake baking and soul dancing. The week, which this year ran from 28 May to 03 June, saw more than 138 cyclists collectively clock up 13,800 miles, while The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research sold 100 cupcakes as part of the

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  • Meet the all-new Outreach Officers

    23 July 2018

    Blesma has recently employed an Outreach Officer for each BSO Area (nine in total) as well as a National Outreach Coordinator. The Outreach Officers will be helping their Blesma Support Officers in supporting Members and enhancing the Association’s profile within local communities. Essentially, they will be increasing Blesma’s footprint and outreach on the ground across the UK for the benefit of the membership. about  What will they be doing? A wide variety of things, including: Supporting Members

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