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

  • Tim targets Mt Snowdon three years after setback

    Tim targets Mt Snowdon three years after setback
    10 January 2021

    Double amputee Tim Tomkinson has set his sights on climbing Mount Snowdon after a bit of help from Blesma. Earlier this year, with the Limb Centres closed in the height of the Covid pandemic, Tim experienced difficulties with his prosthetics that left him unable to walk. After a call to his Support Officer, the Association was able to provide Tim with a lightweight wheelchair. Almost five months later, when Tim was finally seen by his local Limb Centre, he was able to use his prosthetics once again. To thank the Association for its vital support, Tim is now p

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  • “The programme saved my life”

    John Suttherland
    8 January 2021

    When the pain came, I would scream the place down,” says John Sutherland as he remembers his worst days of physical agony. “I was on a hospital ward with lots of other people, and the feeling was just awful. Afterwards, when I came home, I’d lie on the couch and yell my head off. The pain would be constant until I was given morphine.” Up until very recently John, who is 69 and lives in Inverness, had been in a very dark place. A former captain in the Queen’s Own Highlanders, his left leg had been amputated above the knee in 2003 after a lengthy battle with calf problems. He was able

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  • The Resilience Sessions Series 2 - Billy & Al

    Billy and Al
    6 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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  • Brian's positivity boosted after Blesma Support

    4 January 2021

    A wheelchair access ramp part-funded by Blesma is helping a new amputee live independently once again. Brian McGuffie, who served in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, found himself confined to his house during lockdown after his left leg was amputated below the knee in April. Limb Centres were temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the process of Brian getting a prosthetic limb fitted was put on hold. Confined to his home, Brian turned to Blesma for help. “I told my Support Officer, Kevin Long, that I couldn’t get in o

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