Blesma The Limbless Veterans
Who we are
Today, Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is one of only around ten charities that still exist from the 18,000 that were born out of the First World War. Our mission is to assist limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Blesma is 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. We support these men and women in their communities throughout the UK and overseas.
Blesma provides networks where Members not only enjoy support from our professional Welfare Team who can offer support with grants and advice with allowance claims, 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.
We work tirelessly for our Members when the conflicts that have affected their lives are no longer a focal point in the nation’s media. Since 1932, we have been the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Our Members range from the youngest amputee veterans to those who fought in WWII, 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's Welfare Programme
Our welfare and grants programme encourages our members to maintain an independent lifestyle, suited to their needs and abilities, by funding anything from home conversions and stairlifts to supporting widows and dependants, even after the member has passed away.
Blesma's Rehabilitation Activities
Our rehabilitation programme encourages wounded servicemen and women to rediscover activities such as skiing, sailing and diving after amputation and thus rebuild confidence, learn new skills and take comfort in the camaraderie of shared experiences.
There really is life after Amputation!
Losing a limb or an eye would be a devastating experience for anyone. Now imagine losing three limbs when you are 18 years old and have up until then led a very fit and active life in the services. Modern medicine can work wonders on the physical side, but how well and how quickly can modern science treat the emotional trauma of such an experience?
This is where Blesma come in to help. Our unique and pioneering rehabilitation programme, based on challenging sporting activities for amputees, is where we make an immediate impact. If you thought that losing a leg or two would stop you skiing, think again! If you thought losing an arm could stop you kayaking, we have news for you!
The physical achievements of taking part in our rehabilitation programme rebuilds confidence; experiencing that you can still do amazing things rebuilds lives. Sharing this experience with other amputees, whilst mentored by an experienced BLESMA member, helps ‘Our Boys’ (and Girls!) to face the challenges of a different life head on and with pride.
The objectives of Blesma’s Rehabilitation Programme are as follows:To help our wounded men & women find confidence again in their ‘new’ bodies
- To help them rebuild their self-confidence and self-esteem
- To have fun, be independent and be part of a fellowship of shared experiences
How you can help
Blesma needs to raise nearly £4m a year in order to continue all of our vital work. By sharing challenging experiences and overcoming an understandable natural reticence in ‘putting yourself out there’ again, these men and women can forge close friendships, support each other and see that there really is life after amputation.
Your contribution towards Blesma will make a difference to the lives of our members suffering today, our wounded servicemen and women.
“This is the most fun I’ve had in years. I’ve had enough of dwelling on the past. I want to get going!”
Adam Nixon, Blesma Member and Amputee