Blesma, The Limbless Veterans
The H4H grant funded four adventurous events for the wounded, organised by Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, including a transatlantic yacht race, a ski trip to Colorado, ski bobbing in Austria and the 2009 Fastnet challenge.
Blesma is a national charity for limbless serving and ex Servicemen and women, and their dependants and widows. The charity supports wounded Service personnel who lose limbs, the use of limbs or their eyesight in the service of their country, from World War veterans to current day Service personnel.
Blesma is there for life-long support, which starts with rehabilitation, proving that there is 'life after amputation'. The charity also campaigns for the interests of wounded Servicemen and women and provides counselling, grants and advice to amputees wounded in the line of duty.
Blesma rehab is focused primarily on amputees helping amputees, referred to as the 'fellowship of shared experience'. By way of example, in November 2008, a Blesma all-amputee crew sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Barbados. A month later, 15 members - 10 of whom were very recent casualties - skied together in the Rocky Mountains. The aim of the charity is to be able to offer more and more opportunities to deserving wounded soldiers.