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Latest News 26 April 2019

Meet the Blesma London Marathon team

This year, eight people will brave the epic 26.2 mile challenge that is the London Marathon all raising vital funds for our wounded veterans.

Meet our Blesma fundraisers:

Blesma Member Jack Cummings

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  • Jack, 30, from Oxford

  • First Marathon

In 2010, Jack was serving with the 101 Engineer Regiment on his second tour of Afghanistan as a bomb disposal specialist when an IED was triggered and exploded. Jack lost both his legs and spent one month in a coma. Like many injured veterans, Blesma were right by Jack's side to offer him support within weeks of him returning to the UK. Since becoming a Member, Jack has received Blesma's support in a number of ways including having a local Support Officer who keeps in regular touch, attending life-changing rehabilitation activities and funding for any equipment he needs. For this reason, Jack is taking part in the London Marathon in his everyday manual wheelchair, which was also funded by Blesma. 

If you would like to sponsor Jack, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jack-cummings1

 

Blesma Member Danny Green

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  • Danny, 43, from Essex

  • First Marathon

Danny served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for four years. In December 2000, Danny was injured in a train accident, which resulted in the loss of his right arm above elbow. Danny has chosen to run the London Marathon to thank Blesma for the support he received financially and mentally in the challenging and difficult days when he was first injured.

If you would like to sponsor Danny, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danny-green8

 

Robi Dutta

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  • Rob, from London

  • First Marathon

Robi is a TV Executive Producer and while working on DIY SOS, he met Blesma Member Lamin Meenah, who lost both his legs and an arm while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. The team were responsible for organising the massive build regenerating a street in Manchester for veterans and their families. Robi also met several members of staff and was impressed with the work Blesma does. Lamin's inspirational courage and Blesma's important mission is why Robi wanted to run the London Marathon in aid of our limbless veterans.

What are you looking forward to most once you finish the race? "A sleep helps after all long runs but also taking my puppy out for walks instead of training as he's just had his vaccinations."

If you would like to sponsor Robi, please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RobiDutta


Adam Collington

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  • Adam, 39, from Worksop

  • Second Marathon 

Adam served for 16 years in the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment. Blesma have supported a number of Adam's friends and former colleagues, and he has met some of Blesma's Members who have told him amazing things about the charity's work and mission.

What are you looking forward to most once you finish the race? "A bottle of red wine and a Nandos."

If you would like to sponsor Adam, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adam-collington2

  

Susan Bonnar

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  • Susan, 51, from Hampshire
  • Second London Marathon - hoping to beat last year's time

Susan served for 23 years as an Officer in the Royal Navy, specialising in Air Traffic Controller. Her husband is also a serving Commander in the Royal Navy. Susan has supported Blesma for several years and loves the work the charity does to support ex-servicemen and women in their hour of need, and for the rest of their lives. 

What are you looking forward to most once you finish the race? "I am looking forward to having a glass of chilled champagne!"

If you would like to sponsor Susan, please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SusanBonnar

  

Special acknowledgements:

Lana Smith

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Unfortunately, Lana has had to withdraw from this year's London Marathon event after sustaining a serious injury. We truly appreciate Lana's tremendous efforts in training and fundraising for our veterans and look forward to Lana returning next year to conquer the London Marathon! 

If you would like to sponsor Lana, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lana-smith1 


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