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15 July 2023

Former naval diver Paul Foster is regaining his independence after Blesma helped him move from a cramped first-floor flat into a bungalow.

The 72-year-old double amputee felt isolated in the flat but struggled to arrange suitable alternative accommodation.

“I am slowly getting used to it, becoming more confident and trying to live independently.” BSO Wales and West Tom Hall and Outreach Officer Jason Suller were vital in dealing with Cardiff’s local authorities to get Paul relocated and get him a new wheelchair.

I virtually sat on the bed for 13 months because I couldn’t get out of the place. Blesma got me into a great bungalow and they also got me a wheelchair so I’m mobile again,

Blesma Member Paul

“I would still be sitting on my own without them. Tom and Jason have been brilliant. Nothing is too much trouble for them,” added Paul, who started his Naval career before his sixteenth birthday. Paul fell seriously ill with Covid last year, suffering strokes and pneumonia, and was in a coma for six weeks.

“I had to have both legs amputated above the knee, and Blesma has been a total godsend,” Paul said. “I’ve got this electric wheelchair and had adaptations at the bungalow so I can go out. I don’t want to be too much trouble, but I’m so grateful as I just want to get on with living independently.

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