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Blesma Updates for 2021, covering news, activities and fundraising events for limbless veterans. 

  • Caring and Coping 2: An invitation

    A Research Project to shape lives
    4 March 2021

    Caring and Coping 2: the Family Experience of Living with Loss of Use of Limb/s aims to better understand the everyday experience of living with loss of use of limb

    This new project has been developed directly as a response to ‘Caring and Coping 1: The Family Experience of Living With Limb Loss’, whereby one of the issues identified was that living with loss of limb/s is very different to living with the loss of use of your limb.

    You can find out more about this original this research here.

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  • Remembering the Gulf War at 30: Allens Parton's Story

    Gulf War
    28 February 2021

    Today (28 February) marks the 30th anniversary of the ending of the first Gulf War. Fought in 1990-1991, it was the biggest deployment of the UK Armed Forces since World War II. About the conflict The Gulf War started following Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein orders for his troops to invade oil-rich Kuwait on 2 August 1990. The United Nations (UN) immediately condemned the actions and sanctions were imposed on Iraq to pressure them to withdraw by 15 January 1991. US President George Bush called for the cre

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  • A live talk with Captain Craig

    Craig wood
    19 February 2021

    At 2pm on the 25th of February Blesma Member Craig Wood, who became a triple-amputee aged 18 before setting off to sail the world solo, will be giving a live Zoom talk to Blesma Members. This is his story... “I had always wanted to join the British Army. I signed up at 17 and loved it straight away, it was the lifestyle that I really enjoyed. I deployed to Sangin, in Afghanistan, in April 2009, three days after my 18th birthday. Three months in, I got blown up. We had been out on a routine patrol when we stopped for a drink. When we set off again, I remember

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  • A day in the life: Tony Bloomfield

    Blesma's Operations Director
    16 February 2021

    I joined Blesma in 2018 to take charge of fundraising after a spell at Blind Veterans UK. I’ve enjoyed it from Day One, and I’m delighted to become Blesma’s Operations Director and have the opportunity to help take the charity forward. I’ve been involved with the voluntary sector for 37 years. I have worked in fundraising, service provision and communications for charities and organisations involved in dementia, neurology, and post-natal depression, liaising with clinical commissioners and All Party Parliamentary Groups to further their causes and raise funds. I’ve helped advocate f

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