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  • Rowing Towards Records: The journey of Gregg Stevenson, Blesma Member and Paralympic Hopeful

    31 July 2023

    On the water with the Blesma Member who is hoping to row into the record books Take it from a former Commando: elite rowing training is utterly brutal. “I’ve learned the hard way,” says Gregg Stevenson, a former member of 59 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers who lost both his legs in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2009. “There is something spiritual about rowing because you have to work extremely hard but be graceful at the same time. It’s that famous swan analogy: giving it everything you’ve got underwater, but on the top

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  • From a Cramped Flat to an Independent Life in a Bungalow: Blesma's support transforms former Naval Diver's Life

    Paul Foster
    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

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  • Developing a Digital App to improve socket fit

    Developing a Digital App to improve socket fit
    5 July 2023

    Introduction: The goal of the research is to develop a digital app that facilitates communication between veterans with lower limb loss and prosthetic rehabilitation clinicians regarding socket comfort and fit. Why You've Been Invited: Your experience as a veteran with a lower limb amputation and prosthetic limb use makes you an ideal candidate for this study. However, participation is entirely voluntary, and you are under no obligation to take part. The research team is available t

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  • Storytelling programme to launch

    20 June 2023

    Blesma is launching a Storytelling and Wellbeing programme to build on the success of Making Generation R. The project, which is due to start in the autumn 2023, will feature online and in-person workshops with professional storytellers. The Drive Project will deliver the workshops, which are designed to help Members and their families build confidence and promote good mental wellbeing. "The workshops will provide Members with opportunities to connect with other Members to share experiences, learn from one another and be creative. The programme will also offer an opportunity

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