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War amputee and fellow serviceman raise almost £4000 at the Virgin London Marathon

26 April 2013

Steven Crowley, 36 from Devon who lost one of his legs in an IED explosion in Iraq and fellow soldier Leon Collins, raised £3773 by running the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 21 April for London-based Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

Steven talks of his experience of running his first marathon: “The resounding support of the crowds will stay with me for a long time. There was a huge applause every time I started again after sorting out my artificial leg. It was a real privilege to run my first - Marathon for a charity like Blesma and give something back to an organisation who support limbless ex service personnel like me.”

Leon Collins from Hounslow, who served in the Army with Steven, will be supporting his friend by running the marathon with a spare leg just in case Steven was to need it.

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless serving and ex service men and women, their widows and dependants. It was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.

For more information on Blesma, The Limbless Veterans visit

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