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  • The Breakfast Club - It’s been called ‘the most memorable hour spent during lockdown’. Fancy trying it?

    Chelsea pensioner
    29 October 2020

    The year 2020 will go down as the one in which the world truly went online. Stuck at home in lockdown, everyone has had to improvise, adapt and overcome when it’s come to staying connected. Blesma has been no exception, shifting a huge number of its activities into the virtual realm. One of the most successful has been a link up between Members and residents of the Royal Hospital Chelsea; the world-famous Chelsea Pensioners. A Blesma/Royal Hospital connection existed before lockdown, with a number of meetings at the wonderful building in London having already been arranged. But afte

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  • Remembrance Day Statement from Blesma

    Remembrance Day 2020
    27 October 2020

    Remembrance Day is an important time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of those who have served and, although we cannot attend the Cenotaph this year, we will still remember them. We know that our Members, veterans, their families and the nation will pause and reflect wherever they are at 11 am on November 11, to remember and honour the fallen. Blesma is also supporting veterans with the Remembrance 11K, a nationwide virtual event commencing on Remembrance Sunday which will see us come together to commemorate, and to support those who came home injured. Ours is

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  • A beacon of hope for amputees everywhere

    Blast Injury clinic
    20 October 2020

    A decade ago, a PhD student from Imperial College London, who was also in the Army, noticed the types of injuries that troops were sustaining from landmines detonated under vehicles in Afghanistan. He believed some of these injuries could be prevented, or the outcomes improved, and studies got underway. The project was initially called Imperial Blast and was a collaboration between the Ministry of Defence and Imperial College London. In 2011, it morphed into the Centre for Blast Injury Studies (CBIS). Since then, the Centre has become a bustling hub of research into numerous

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  • In the spotlight: Chris Jones

    Chris Jones
    18 October 2020

    Chris has been a Blesma Welfare Volunteer, a position historically known as Welfare Rep, for 15 years and a Member for 54. He steps down from his role in September and has received another Blesma award for his hard work. “I became a Welfare Rep for Gloucestershire in 2005. I had just been medically retired from the Civil Service, and after travelling around America and Australia for several weeks, retirement hit me like a brick. The phone never rang, I missed the social aspect of work, and I struggled with having so much free time. I began to look for a volunteer ro

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