Blesma Updates for 2021, covering news, activities and fundraising events for limbless veterans.
RAF amputee veteran Stu Robinson ready for Wheelchair Rugby Paralympic debut25 August 2021
Training for elite sport in lockdown has been a challenge. But when you are preparing for wheelchair rugby at the Tokyo Paralympics, it takes discipline and ingenuity to a new level. Former Royal Air Force gunner Stuart Robinson flew out to Tokyo on Tuesday 17 August with the Great Britain squad after testing his improvisation skills to the limit. The 39-year-old even fixed archery targets to his garage doors to sharpen up his passing accuracy and used the road outside his home to drill for the sudden bursts needed for the gruelling sport. “I went on eBay to get theRead post
The Blesma Members to look out for at the Tokyo Paralympics24 August 2021
Five Blesma Members will be competing and aiming for podium positions at this year’s delayed 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Starting today (Tuesday 24 August), these are the military athletes you should be looking out for… Lesley StewartRead post
Scotland swings into action with golf day21 August 2021
The first post-lockdown face-to-face activity in Scotland went with a swing as Members enjoyed a day of golf practice and tuition in May. The eight-strong group were put through their paces on the driving range and puttinggreen at the Mearns Castle Golf Academy, in Glasgow. “We had a lesson from the golf pro and everyone felt they improved,” said Outreach Officer Scotland Emma Gration. “It was great to get some tips, but everyone really enjoyed being out and meeting Members.” Former Royal Navy aircraft handler Stu Padley, who suffered a sRead post
World Photography Day: Jan McLelland19 August 2021
Jan McLelland became a Blesma Widow in 2010 and since getting involved with the Association has discovered a passion for photography. We interviewed her for our Commemorative magazine in 2018...
Tell us about your husband’s service…
Robert started out in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, which later became the Royal Logistic
Corps. He joined as an Ammunition Technician straight from school. We got married in 1981, and he eventually commissioned as an officer in 1996.
And he was injured in Northern Ireland?Read post