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

  • "If you join the forces, you join a family" - Interview with veterans connected by Blesma Connects

    Blesma Connects
    24 January 2021

    Robert Bugden, Robert Jordan and Matthew Seviour are members of Blesma, and all three veterans are part of the Military family, serving their country to the best of their abilities. The three found each other through the Blesma Connects app. This article is about Budgen, Jordan and Seviour’s life experiences and how Blesma enabled them to adapt to civilian and disabled life. At first glance, there is not much in common between Robert Bugden, a thrill seeking parachute jumping instructor aged 35, Robert Jordan, a 64 year old retired construction worker and Matt

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  • The Winter Fuel Allowance 2021

    Winter Fuel Allowance
    22 January 2021

    The Winter Fuel Payment is the government allowance for most state pension age people to support with heating costs. Payment varies between £100-£300 and should be received by 31 March 2021 You will need to have lived in this country for at least one day from September 21 to September 27 2020 to be entitled. The situation and who may be affected The Winter Fuel Payment Team have reported difficulty with their computer system for this years payments. This has resulted in some people dropping off the system and the

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  • The Resilience Sessions Series 2 - Bonus Episode

    Stew Harris
    20 January 2021

    The Resilience Sessions is a podcast that brings together injured veterans from Blesma and a well known public figure, to share their stories of overcoming challenge of all kinds. Through these conversations our guests chat to one another about their experiences, sharing how they have navigated their ups and downs, finding often surprising common ground, and showing that what is most personal is often most universal. The Resilience Sessions grew out of the Making Generation R campaign, which has trained injured veterans to tell their stories to over 100,000 fr

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  • In the spotlight: Pete Shields

    Pete Shields
    19 January 2021

    Stalwart Blesma Support Officer Pete Shields could write a book about his time at the Association, and it would be full of warm memories, tough battles, and triumphs for Members. He’s been on the front line of Blesma’s welfare efforts in the North East and Scotland for the last 15 years, serving his ‘flock’ of 300 Members and Widows with enthusiasm, humour and grit. “It’s been an honour,” says Pete, who retired from the role at the end of November. “I will miss the Members, my colleagues, and being part of this great organisation, but I’ve loved every minute of my time here. For me,

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