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

  • Getting his life back on track!

    Murray Hambro
    22 December 2021

    The Royal Tank Regiment, and the wider British Army, was Murray Hambro’s passion for the 12 years he served in it, but his military life – and much else beyond – was shattered in Afghanistan in 2010 when the Warthog armoured vehicle he was travelling in drove over an IED. As a result of the injuries he sustained in the blast, Murray ended up having both his legs amputated below the knee. In the years that followed worse was to come as he struggled mentally with the aftermath of injury and his discharge from the military, and then lost his young son to a sudd

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  • Flying leaves Albert on cloud nine

    Albert Thomson, 53, from Lincolnshire
    19 December 2021

    A former Royal Highland Fusilier who lost his left leg above the knee has won a scholarship to learn to fly. Albert Thomson, 53, from Lincolnshire, has been working towards his Private Pilot Licence with Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP), which was established in memory of Sir Douglas Bader. FSDP aims to give people with disabilities the chance to realise their full potential through the challenge of learning to fly. The charity has trained more than 400 people since it was set up in 1983. After completing an application and interview process, Albert was awarded

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  • Brotherhood of Beards raises £7,467 in aid of Blesma in first of two gaming streams

    Brotherhood of Beards
    17 December 2021

    A group of gamers from all over the world have come together to raise funds for Blesma through lengthy live streams. Brotherhood of Beards (BOBs), which includes British Army Veteran David Speer and Michael Wolstencoft, brother of Blesma Member Warren Wolstencroft who sadly died of cancer in 2013, fundraising efforts have so far raised seven times their targeted amount with still another event to come this weekend! David said: “BOBs was brought together five years ago. It’s a home for us to play games together, but last Christmas we set out to give something back. We raised

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  • Sun, sea, sand and surfing in Cornwall with Blesma

    Surfing in bude
    16 December 2021

    Fancy going from novice to gnarly with a week of surfing and yoga in Cornwall? It's time to zip up your wetsuit, grab a board and paddle out into the waves! Husband and wife team Stu and Lizzie Croxford complement each other perfectly in their working relationship. “A lot of what Stuart does is adrenaline driven,” says Lizzie, “and I offer the other side – calming people down afterwards!” The pair, who run the Blesma Surf and Wellbeing course close to their home in Bude, Cornwall, seem to have found a winning formula. Their day-to-day business, Three

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