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  • Honouring Bryn Parry: A Tireless Ally in Blesma's Mission to Support Our Injured Veterans

    Bryn Parry
    13 April 2023

    All of us at Blesma are very sad to hear of Bryn Parry's passing. An inspiring and selfless character, Bryn set up Help for Heroes to strengthen support for wounded veterans. Although his original intention was to provide a swimming pool, Bryn's inspirational leadership and passionate campaigning grew the charity to a national institution.  During his time in charge, Bryn and his wife Emma had raised an astounding £260 million, providing life-changing support to over 50,000 veterans and their

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  • RAF veteran Alison Evans went to A&E with stomach pains. Six months later she had a triple amputation

    Alison Evans
    3 April 2023

    Alison Evans, 63, served with the Royal Air Force for 14 years, leaving as a sergeant in 1992. In 2019, she was admitted to A&E with excruciating stomach pains but was misdiagnosed with food poisoning and sent home. Alison was soon blue-lighted back to hospital where she underwent emergency surgery before falling into a coma. She was actually suffering from a potentially deadly kidney blockage which led to her developing sepsis. When she woke from her coma, she was faced with the devastating realisation that she would have to undergo a triple amputation, losing both legs below the knee

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  • Skiing "So Beneficial" for former Infantryman injured in Iraq

    Mark Strachan
    29 March 2023

    Member Martin "Ed" Edwards, A former 5 Rifles Infantryman, took to the ski slopes for a series of exhilarating runs on a week-long adventure in Austria recently. The 40 year old, who suffered a severe brain injury in 2006 after his vehicle was hit by an IED in Iraq, requires 24/7 support but relishes the thrill of sit skiing. “Ed had an amazing time and it was so good for him,” said his former key worker Sally Mendonca, who organised the trip thanks to a Blesma grant. “He was doing red runs with his guide by the end of the week! The

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  • Blesma + Help For Heroes - Veterans Mobility Fund

    Veterans Mobility Fund
    15 March 2023

    Blesma, the Limbless Veterans and Help For Heroes are delighted that our campaign for funding for veterans mobility has been successful. This vital support for our wounded veterans has been recognised at the top of Government. The difference that appropriate and timely provision can make to injured veterans’ quality of life is hugely significant. Over the last two years, Blesma and Help for Heroes have worked tirelessly to support veterans with their specialist mobility needs and to build the case for the continuation of the Veteran

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