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  • “He is still my hero” - Army veteran Griff Hughes

    28 February 2023

      Griff during his time in the forces This is my husband’s story, which I thought would be fitting to record as he reached his 90th birthday last December. Conscripted into the Army in 1950, Griff served in Malaya

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  • Scottish barefoot challenge certainly no walk in the park

    Craig Curtis
    14 February 2023

    Lanarkshire fitness instructor and Army veteran has completed a 96-mile walk barefooted across the West Highland Way in aid of Blesma. Craig Curtis admitted the challenge was the hardest he had ever faced. The seven-day event resulted in Craig having to use crutches for large sections of the route, despite having spent several months preparing his feet for what he knew would be tough terrain. After a couple of days my feet were getting ripped to shreds “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done; I was on crutches for two days and my whole

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  • Meet Blesma Member David Dent MBE

    David Dent MBE
    10 February 2023

    David Dent, 56, from Lanarkshire in Scotland, has already lived an extraordinary life Since being injured while serving in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, he has become a sportsman, a leading advocate for disabled veterans, a university lecturer, an executive director of a major company, and a consultant for the Scottish Government. Oh, and he is the third consecutive generation of his family to be awarded an MBE. How come you ch

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  • In the spotlight: Royal Navy veteran Nick Richardson

    Nick Richardson
    31 January 2023

    In the spotlight Having joined the Royal Navy in the late 1980s, I picked up a serious ankle injury very early in training. There was little in the way of rehabilitation available at the time, and as a result I have lived with ankle pain ever since. As I got older this pain became more of a problem, and I was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in my right ankle in 2007. This was made significantly worse in 2009 when I was injured again, this time shredding a ligament and permanently damaging a nerve in the left side of my pelv

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