Latest news from Blesma, The Limbless Veterans
Burn Gliding Club30 September 2013
Terry Bassett is a retired instructor at Burn Gliding Club in North Yorkshire but still flies regularly. For years now, Blesma has enjoyed a close relationship with the Club which provides free gliding lessons to Members, giving them the opportunity to fly in specially adapted gliders. Here, Terry tells us a bit about the Club and its relationship with Blesma. “My father lost his leg during the Second World War and became a Blesma member. Although my brothers, sister and I were born later, we appreciated the support that Blesma gave to both my mother and father, who have sadlRead post
Operation Long Run21 August 2013
The final report kindly sent into us by the OLR Team! About two years ago an idiot called Mike Crawley suggested that as a ‘retirement wheez’ he would like to run round Britain! He thought Mike Inkster might be daft enough to join him as he was not one to turn down a challenge, so the concept of Operation Long Run was born. Both Mikes have long backgrounds in ultra-endurance undertakings of one sort or another so after some initial investigation and discussion they formulated a plan. They would attempt to get round Britain, on foot, in 50 days. The total diRead post
KartForce19 August 2013
Blesma Members Sapper Tom Folwell, Corporal Davie Birrell, Private Mark Allen and Private Ryan Goodman – who have lost eight legs between them – have featured in The Daily Mirror and on their website for making history by competing in Britiain's toughest 24-hour karting event this Bank Holiday weekend. The team were brought together by KartForce, an organisation founded by Dave Player that helps injured service personnel get into motorsport through specially adapted Karts. 'Team Legs' (as the guys nicknamed themselves!) will become the first team of injured troops to compete in tRead post
Chairman's Address13 June 2013
We are coming through a period of change and we need to respond to this. It is a touch difficult for us to appreciate just how much things have changed as a result of recent events, including the wars in Iraq and AfghanistanCedric Delves
There has been increasing clarity in our world – the Service Charity world.
- The increased visibility of the Armed Forces and their activities resulted in a huge up swell of public sympathy and support.
- Government provision has improved out of recognition – it’