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The Blesma News for 2020 covering news, activities and fundraising events for limbless veterans. 

  • Battle of Britain 80: How Douglas Bader rose to fame

    Douglas Bader
    10 July 2020

    Douglas Bader was perhaps one of Britains’ most well-known limbless veterans. A Blesma Member and Trustee, Douglas joined the Association in an advisory role in 1947. Prior to this, he had already gained a reputation as one of the RAF’s five most deadly pilots, having risen to fame during the Battle of Britain, 80 years ago today…This is the story of his incredible accomplishments and rise to fame. In July 1940, Britain's coalition government was concerned about public morale. German forces that had swept through France stood poised to invade. I

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  • Making Generation R is there for schools online during Lockdown

    Zoom panels
    8 July 2020

    The hugely successful Making Generation R programme has shown its own resilience with a new online resource that has been created to help teenagers cope with the pressures of lockdown. Members may not be able to go into schools in person to tell their inspirational stories about overcoming adversity, but their voices are still being heard at what is a critical time for the wellbeing of young people. That’s because a team of 30 Members have produced film versions of their talks – each one designed to help viewers build resilience – that can be used by teachers in dis

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  • Making Generation R shows resilience during lockdown

    Making Generation R
    5 July 2020

    Making Generation R (MGR) is proving its resilience.  Making Generation R, which trains veterans to deliver their life stories to help build resilience in pupils and first responders, has been running a series of online initiatives to support skill levels and maintain connections in lockdown. One of these offerings is live sessions via a Zoom link to groups and organisations. More than 40 players, coaches and staff from the England Rugby Sevens squad were ‘bowled over’ by former 101 Engineer Regiment’s Jack Cummings, who gave a 20-minute talk about being wou

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  • Business as (new) normal

    Paul Findlay and Family
    4 July 2020

    In recent weeks, COVID-19 has impacted severely on all our lives, and Blesma and its Members are certainly no exception. The Association has faced many challenges in its 100-year history, but the coronavirus pandemic is unique. Blesma has continued to support Members and their families in this period, with an even greater emphasis on tackling loneliness and isolation. As a matter of course, the team based in Chelmsford regularly updates a risk register for the Board of Trustees, which includes the Association’s planned responses to all manner of significant events.

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