The Trust was delighted to present a cheque for £2,000 to Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, the charity dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women, who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the loss of use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight. This was collected at the 2016 Festival of Remembrance and from other donations throughout the year,
Trust Chairman, Nigel Betts, and Secretary, Linda Clayton, visited their Chadwell Heath office and met some of their dedicated and accomplished staff, so obviously passionate about furthering the aims of Blesma: The visit was hosted by Chief Executive Barry Le Grys, Ian Waller, Operations Director, Barbara Warner, Associate Director Fundraising and Brian Chenier, Support Officer for Prosthetics, pictured above holding an artificial limb that would have been used after the First World War alongside a modern one today.
Blesma works tirelessly for their Members when the conflicts that have affected their lives are no longer a focal point in the nation’s media. Since 1932, they have been the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Their Members range from the youngest amputee veterans to those who fought in the Second World War, some having lived with limb loss for more than half a century. Modern medicine transforms the physical injury, but it is a complicated process to treat the emotional trauma and related lifelong health problems.
Blesma provides a network where Members not only enjoy support from their professional Welfare Team, but where they have the opportunity to engage with others who have similar injuries and backgrounds to themselves, building an important fellowship with each other to overcome everyday battles.
It is clear that, as well as supporting their Members, helping them come to terms with their injuries and helping enable them to succeed in life, the staff are clearly proud and inspired by the Members and their achievements. Do follow the link to the Blesma Community Programme to watch their latest project.
To find out more about the work of Blesma, and how to donate should you wish, please look at their website.
Our thanks to the staff at Blesma for their hospitality.