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

  • Armed Forces Veterans set for Census 2021

    10 March 2021

    The decennial census is almost upon us and, for the first time, people are able to say if they are a veteran of the armed forces. The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.Among the new questions this time is one asking people whether they have served in the armed forces to support commitments made by central and local government under the Armed Forces Covenant – the d

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  • Gary Huntley nears completiion of "One Million Mile" challenge for Blesma

    Gary Huntley
    6 March 2021

    Former Soldier, Gary Huntley, began his challenge on January 1st and set himself just 66 days to reach his target. In the process, he has also been attempting to raise £10,000 for Blesma. Gary, who served for 22 years; 12 in the 1st Battalion of The Parachute Regiment and 10 in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment has been rowing the distance on his Concept rowing machine in-between his busy days as a fitness coach. The Gary Huntley Training owner from Bedford said: “On average, its 15,000 metres a day which takes me roughly an hour to complete. It sounds like nothi

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  • 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 on the Blesma website by searching "caring and coping". This curre

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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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