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  • The Two Worlds of Charlie F

    The Two Worlds of Charlie F tour
    9 June 2014

    A group of soldiers have been wowing audiences across the country with their real-life stories of courage. After a tour that has taken in 14 stages across the UK and Canada "The Two Worlds of Charlie F" is coming to an end.   The project was the conceived by Theatre Royal producer Alice Driver after a chance meeting. “I met a surgeon in Birmingham who introduced me to a military patient,” she explains. “He told me that when you get injured, you lose your purpose – but you also lose your voice. I thought it made sense to create the first theatre recovery project for wounded, injured

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  • ‘The Two Worlds of Charlie F’ Review

    The Two Worlds of Charlie F
    5 June 2014

    By Bryony Stevens, Communications Assistant. The powerful play explores the real life stories of injured service personnel performed, not by hired actors, but people with real-life experiences of injury, amputations and theatrical aspirations.  I am not usually the theatre-going type. There are certainly plays that catch my eye, but I wouldn’t say I was a regular! I’m even less of a theatre critic so you’ll have to e

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  • How to organise a successful fundraising event

    Banchory Academy
    30 May 2014

    In May 2014 a group from Banchory Academy in Aberdeenshire cycled and walked over 500km across Scotland and raised £19,000 for Blesma. We joined up with the group to find out how they went about raising this amazing amount and hear their top tips! KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE!  Set yourself a target - it will keep you motivated. This can be either financial, or just about spreading information on what Blesma does. Colin Nicoll, Depute Rector at Banchory Academy who arranged the trip. "We picked a cycling and walk

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  • Trans4mers 2014

    30 April 2014

    Blog post by Matt Kingston, Blesma Member The Blesma has, for the last two consecutive years, run an expedition to California to give former servicemen and women the opportunity to throw themselves out of a perfectly good airplane and learn to Skydive.  This is my blog of the third year. You may ask yourself, why?  Learning to skydive doesn't give us new transferable skills. It doesn’t really help me or anyone else with their physical rehabilitation but what it does give us is the opportunity to be part of a group that is facing similar issues, to talk to ot

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