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Latest News 28 June 2018

Schoolboy sells homemade poppies for Blesma

A double amputee schoolboy raised over £100 for Blesma by selflessly using his school lunch breaks to crochet and sell poppies. In the run up to last year’s Remembrance Day, 12-year-old Cieran Kelso (pictured here with Blesma Member Shaun Stocker) who had to have both his legs amputated when he was just 13 months old after being diagnosed with meningitis, wanted to support injured soldiers who were in a similar situation to him by fundraising for a military charity.

With the help of his teaching assistant, Cieran discovered Blesma and after successfully crocheting lots of poppies and selling them to members of staff, he raised £125 for the Association.

Last December, Cieran’s school held a surprise assembly during which Blesma Member Shaun Stocker was presented with the cheque. “It was amazing to meet Shaun,” said Cieran, who lives in Cheshire. “He is the first injured soldier I’ve ever met. The assembly, and Shaun’s visit, were a total surprise to me and afterwards we were able to talk alone. We talked about our different legs and Shaun even took his prosthetics off. It was pretty amazing!”

During the assembly, Shaun also gave a talk as part of the Blesma Community Programme.

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