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Latest news from Blesma, The Limbless Veterans


  • From needing help to helping others: Mark Smith's story

    Mark Smith
    11 October 2022

    Blesma Member Mark Smith has an incredible story to tell. Having signed up at 16 years of age with little-to-no education, he suffered with many mental health struggles post-service which nearly took his life. Then, a diagnosis set him on the right track. He got himself back up and back into education, eventually completing a post graduate diploma while dealing with the loss of his leg. Now, with help from Blesma, he runs his own counselling service to help other veterans. When I was 16, I joined up as a Junior Soldier with the Coldstream Gu

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  • Amputee Royal Signals Veteran takes on London Marathon for Blesma

    Lexi Chambers
    1 October 2022

    Lexi Chambers, 44, will be one of thirteen taking part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon in aid of military charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans. Former Royal Signals Soldier and Blesma Member Lexi, from Devon, is also hoping to complete the marathon in under five hours in order to break the world record for the fastest female to complete a marathon using a non-sport wheelchair.   Lexi became a full-time wheelchair user following an elective amputation of her left leg below the knee after suffering from excruciating pain caused by hammer toes, which led to Complex Regio

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  • Blesma mourns death of Queen Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth II
    9 September 2022

    Blesma wish to send their deepest condolences to the Royal Family following news of the death of Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen was an unstinting supporter and great friend of the Armed Forces and her veterans. While we mourn her passing, we remain extremely thankful for a lifetime of service and selflessness. Blesma has passed on it’s condolences to our patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, the Queen’s cousin.

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  • British and Argentine Falklands Veterans are uniting to scale Mont Blanc

    8 September 2022

    Former soldiers from the Argentine forces, Gurkhas, Welsh Guards, Royal Engineers, SAS, and the Royal Marines will attempt to scale Mont Blanc in an “act of reconciliation” to mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict. The six-day mission to climb the 15,774ft mountain will be led by former Welsh Guardsman Will Kevans in an effort to raise funds for Blesma. Will said: "In the spirit of brotherhood, this is an opportunity to climb with fellow veterans, to share stories with our former adversaries and to honour the memory of those we all carry with us." This

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