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Press Releases 10 November 2020

The Injured Veterans of Blesma set to benefit from Barclays 100x100 COVID-19 relief funding

  • Blesma is one of 100 Charities to receive a £100k donation from Barclays for COVID-19 relief 
  • The Barclays Community relief programme will help provide for Limbless Veterans and their families experiencing hardship due to COVID-19  
  • Grants will help the veterans with anything from essential food, heating, living expenses, brown/white goods, to wheelchairs, emergency personal alarms and ramps. 
  • The grants will tackle isolation by providing tablets and training to the digitally excluded, helping them stay connected to their loved ones safely. 

Blesma is one of 100 UK charities to be awarded a £100k donation from Barclays which will help Limbless veterans and their families with everything from essential food and emergency living costs to wheelchairs and digital training during the COVID-19 lockdown.  

Charities were invited to apply for one of 100 donations of £100,000, and Barclays were inundated by hundreds of applications from charities across the UK who are battling to deliver on-the-ground support to vulnerable communities impacted by the crisis. 

Barclays launched their 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme to support COVID-19 relief work in local communities. For Blesma this support will help limbless and injured veterans and their families facing social and economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. This vital funding will allow veterans and their families to experience greater independence and improved mental health and wellbeing through accessing essential goods, equipment and services like housing costs, mobility aids or digital aids, essential food, heating, living expenses, brown/white goods, to wheelchairs, emergency personal alarms and ramps. The grants will also include the provision of devices and training to the digitally excluded, tackling isolation by helping them stay connected to their loved ones safely, building sustainable friendships with fellow Members and their families through virtual and at-home activities, enabling them to build and continue to benefit from peer to peer and inter-generational support.  

Implementation will begin immediately to respond reactively to the increased need since COVID-19 struck. As a result, limbless veterans, their widows and families will feel less lonely and isolated through this very challenging period.   

Jon Bryant OBE, CE at Blesma, The Limbless Veterans said: “We are hugely grateful to Barclays for supporting our vital work during COVID-19.  The pandemic has impacted upon medical services, caused economic hardship and kept us apart from many of our friends and families.  This funding will enable us to reduce the impact of these effects on our injured veterans and their families.” 

Nigel Higgins, Barclays Chairman, said: “COVID-19 has created an unprecedented social and economic impact in the UK, with many experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis. Incredible charities, such as Blesma have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent help reaches those most in need of support. As a bank we have been doing all we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that by partnering with Blesma and many other charities across the UK, collectively we can ensure that as many people as possible in the communities in which we live and work are supported through this crisis.” 

To find out more about Blesma and to donate, please visit www.blesma.org 

Notes to editor:  

About Blesma, The Limbless Veterans   

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.  Blesma is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered limb loss or the loss of use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight. We support these men and women and their families in their communities throughout the UK and overseas.  

Since 1932, we have been the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives; just as we are still caring for our surviving World War II veterans, we also look after those who have survived complex trauma injuries through recent conflicts, accidents or illness, and will need our specialised support as they face the long journey ahead. Blesma aims to ensure that all serving or ex-service men and women who have lost sight, limbs or the use of limbs can lead independent and fulfilling lives and will not be failed, forgotten or left behind.  

Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @Blesma and Facebook /blesma  

Media enquiries:  Lorna Dorrell, Communications Manager commsmgr@blesma.org / 07741 196770 

About Barclays 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme 

Barclays is committed to helping its customers, clients, colleagues, and the wider community deal with the unprecedented social and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Barclays £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package is designed to deliver support where it is needed most through corporate donations and matched colleague fundraising. An initial investment of £10m from the £100m Community Aid Package has been made through Barclays’ 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme, which has seen the bank make 100 donations of £100,000 to charities across the UK.  

For media queries, please contact irene.east@barclays.com /  +44 (0) 777 555 3313