Blesma partners with Bolton Wanderers FC
28 July 2014
Sky Bet Championship side Bolton Wanderers have announced Blesma, The Limbless Veterans as their national charity of choice for the upcoming 2014/2015 season.
As 2014 is the centenary year of the First World War, the Club has chosen charities that support members of the Armed Forces community. Blesma will be the national partner, while Winston’s Wish is a leading local charity helping child bereavement, including providing a service supporting bereaved children of military families.
There will be events held throughout the season in support of both charities, with more details to be announced in the near future.
Annette Hall, Head of Fundraising at Blesma says: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected by Bolton Wanderers as their national charity of choice for the upcoming football season. Football clubs have served as the focal point of many communities throughout history and we are looking forward to engaging with the Bolton Wanderers community to support our injured service personnel in what is a key year of Remembrance for this country.”
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless 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.
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About Blesma, The Limbless Veterans
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless serving and ex-service men and women, their widows and dependants. It is a membership organisation which helps wounded service men and women rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support. Their membership includes those who have lost the use of a limb, an eye or the sight of an eye.
Blesma was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932. Blesma today has over 4000 Members and widows. The membership consists of men and women who have served during the Second World War and the many subsequent conflicts and peacekeeping operations since, including the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.
About Bolton Wanderers Football Club
Initially formed in 1874 as Christ Church FC, Bolton Wanderers Football Club have established themselves as one of the most notable names in the professional game throughout their 140-year history.
One of the twelve founding members of the Football League, Wanderers have secured FA Cup glory on four occasions throughout their existence including a memorable success over Manchester United in 1958. Boasting two campaigns in the UEFA Cup where they were pitted against world-famous sides such as Bayern Munich, Olympique Marseille and Sporting Lisbon, the club have also become known across the globe due to the various nationalities who have pulled on the white of Bolton down the years. Having plied their trade at Burnden Park for over a century until the summer of 1997, Wanderers then moved to the Reebok Stadium, now known as Macron Stadium, where they have remained ever since.
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