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2021

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

  • MIND to host sessions for Blesma Families

    Sheffield Mind
    26 March 2021

    Mind Sheffield is offering family members of someone who experiences PTSD, a three week course via Zoom. This course is structured as follows: Week 1- Understanding PTSD and mental illness- Understanding anger- Living alongside PTSD and mental illness Week 2- Communication and reconnection with a family member- Problem solving in relationships- Supporting my family with low mood and depression Week 3- Dealing with difficult emotions- Finding yourself a

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  • World Poetry Day: Poems from our Membership

    Poetry
    21 March 2021

    Today (Sunday 21st March) is World Poetry Day. Its purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. In the Summer 2020 issue of the Bulletin, we encouraged Members to submit their own poems for publication. Poems we received were so varied, sometimes poignant, funny, sarcastic and sad, but all of them were of exceptional quality.  To celebrate World Poetry Day, here are two of our favourites, one of which you may recognise from the latest Bulletin... HMS Victory For the raw boned ladBi

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  • The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund

    A Mature student Graduating in Cap
    19 March 2021

    The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund: The Open University The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund provides free education to all disabled veterans who have been injured in or due to service, along with a wraparound disability support and careers advisory service. The fund is open to anyone; from the most inexperienced of learners who are seeking to study an access module, through to seasoned students who are hoping to complete undergraduate degrees. The Open University’s ambition is to harness the potential of the UK’s veterans by supporting the educational development

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  • St Patricks' Day: Chris Neeson's story

    Chris Neeson
    17 March 2021

    Chris Neeson served for ten years in the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment. He lost the use of his limbs after being involved in a motorbike accident in 2013. He shared with us his fondest memories of St Patricks Day. “St Patricks Day and Rangers Day are the biggest days for the Regiment. It started off at 6:00am with a bugler coming into your room and the Officers giving you a drink called Gunshot, which is made of black tea and rum. It was the most hideous thing you could imagine but it was a tradition from the regiment. Every year, they would go round everyone

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