Join Blesma's BIG annual fundraising week to support our wounded veterans
Get involved with Blesma Week
This year our national week of fundraising and awareness raising is 20th-26th May.
Every year we ask individuals and organisations to hold their own Blesma Week events to support our Limbless Veterans, from military circuits to bake sales – there are so many ways you can get involved! Your support will help us ensure that limbless and injured veterans receive practical, emotional and financial support as they rebuild their lives.
We could not carry out our vital work without the incredible support of our fundraisers who organise Blesma Week events in their homes, back gardens and work places up and down the country.
Want to get involved?
Find out more about our work to support veterans and how you can help.
- Boots on For Blesma - Join our Blesma Members and challenge yourself to one of their personalised Military circuits and raise money to support all our injured veterans.
- Volunteer at one of our bucket collections - We are looking for helpers to support us at two Transport for London Station collections, can you spare a few hours? Canary Wharf – Wednesday 22 May or Liverpool Street – Thursday 23 May.
- Blesma Virtual 10k- Get motivated this May and challenge yourself to our 10k challenge! Choose your method (walk, jog, run, cycle, swim or wheel your way) & complete your challenge in your own time over the whole month of May, in return for your hard work you'll receive your very own medal!
- Enter the Blesma prize draw - Tickets are just £1 and the first prize is £2,000.
- Do your own thing – Dust off your apron and rally your friends, colleagues or family to bake and sell a slice of something nice! Or stick the barbie on, invite your friends, workmates, neighbours and family and get together for an afternoon of fun. Throw in a few games and some music and it will be a backyard festival. The choice is yours!
By fundraising for Blesma you’ll be transforming lives
Matt Weston was just 20 when he lost three limbs to a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
"All I remember is a flash, my ears ringing, and the sense of falling. I lost both my legs and my right arm below the elbow in the blast. My rehab has been long, slow and difficult. I was in intensive care for a while and was in hospital for three months, and I've just had my fiftieth operation."
"If my chair breaks and I can't repair it, Blesma will get it done. I was in a bad place after my injury but Blesma have been there for me, by my side from day one."
|Squats||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|Press Ups||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|Sit Ups||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|Star Jumps||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|On The Spot Jog||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|Plank||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
Fusilier Andy Barlow was injured in September 2006 while serving in Kajaki, Afghanistan. He lost his left leg above the knee. Since then, Andy has competed in Para Alpine skiing, been part of the first disabled sports programme set up by the British Military and now works as a Blesma Outreach Officer in the South.
|Chest Flys||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Tricep Kick Backs||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Over Head Tricep Dips||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Shoulder Press||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Sit Up / V Up||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Ab Crunches||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
Charmaine suffered a life-changing injury that led to an amputation after serving with the Royal Signals in Afghanistan in 2010. Since then she has competed at the 2017 Invictus Games, winning Silver in Powerlifting, Silver in Sitting Volleyball and Bronze in Wheelchair Basketball. After a break from sport, Charmaine is focusing on her fitness once again with regular gym sessions.
|Burpees||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Press Ups||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Sit Ups||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Lunge (Alternate Legs)||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Squat||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Shuttle Sprints||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
Stephen lost his left leg in 2007 while on patrol with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment in Basra, Iraq. After rehab, Stephen threw himself into sport, taking part in skiing, scuba diving, water skiing and kayaking. Now he competes in CrossFit competitions and is working towards becoming a CrossFit coach.
|Press Ups||30 Seconds||Repeat set 3 times|
|Ball Slams||30 Seconds||with a 3 minute rest|
|Arm Front/Side Raises||30 Seconds||between each set.|
|Shadow Boxing||30 Seconds|
|Heel Touches||30 Seconds|
Paul lost his left arm below the elbow while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. Since then, Paul has represented Great Britain an impressive five times in golf at the prestigious Simpson Cup, has qualified as a personal trainer, appeared in major TV and film productions as an extra, climbed to the Everest basecamp and is now working on his own entrepreneurial projects for good causes.
|Press Ups||10 Reps||Repeat set 5 times|
|Squats||10 Reps||as quickly as possible|
|V – Ups||10 Reps||and record your time.|
|Sit Ups||10 Reps|
Mark Ormrod was injured on Christmas Eve while serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan. He lost both his legs and an arm, making him the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the conflict. Today, Mark is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, a peak performance coach, an author, a father, a husband, an Invictus Games champion, a charity fundraiser and ambassador and a daily inspiration for thousands of people who follow him on social media.
|Jumping Jacks||1.5 Minutes||Repeat 5 times.|
|Lunge Elbows to Ankles||20 Reps||Rest for 30 seconds|
|Side Lunge into Squat||20 Reps||between sets.|
|Wide Speed Skaters||20 Reps|
|Crawl Outs||20 Reps|
|Russian Baby Makers||20 Reps|
Former Lance Corporal Corie lost both his legs after he stepped on and detonated an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Corie has competed at the 2014, 2016 and 2017 Invictus Games and the Warrior Games. He now represents Great Britain in Para-Bobsleigh and was the 2018 world cup winner.
For more information please contact the Fundraising team.
Tel: 020 8548 7089