Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is one of only around ten charities that exist today from the 18,000 that were born out of WWI.
Following this global conflict, 40,000 British Service men had returned home having suffered life-changing injuries. Amputation techniques were in their infancy and artificial limbs primitive. Although medical practices and opportunities for those who are disabled have come a long way since those days there is still a great need to support those who experience daily, the impact of their life-changing injury.
Blesma continues to work tirelessly to provide practical, emotional and financial support to injured veterans and their families as they rebuild their lives. We support our Members for life; just as we are still caring for our World War II veterans, we also look after younger generations who have survived complex trauma injury in recent conflicts and will need our specialised support as they face the long journey ahead.
Providing expert advice on the NHS and benefits, delivering activities, grants and giving opportunities for Members to support fellow Members are just some of the ways Blesma delivers this essential support.
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.
We need to raise more than £4.5 million in 2018 to continue this vital work.