Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is one of only around 10 charities that exist today from the 18,000 born out of the First World War
Following this global conﬂict, 40,000 British Servicemen returned home having suffered life-changing injuries. Amputation techniques were in their infancy and artificial limbs primitive.
To help each other when there was no help from the State, they formed support groups and lobbied the Government for better opportunities for the war disabled. They became ‘Limbless ex-Servicemen’s Associations’, and started to spread across the UK, becoming a national charity in 1932. Campaigning for disabled Veterans’ rights was taken to the national stage, with Blesma in the vanguard.
Although medical practises and opportunities have advanced since those days, those who experience daily the physical and mental impact of their life-changing injuries still need Blesma’s practical, emotional and ﬁnancial support as they rebuild their lives.
Blesma may not look the same as it did 100 years ago but the ethos and objectives remain: 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.
For more information on joining or supporting Blesma, please visit our website at: www.blesma.org
Blesma may not look the same as it did 100 years ago but the ethos and objectives remain.
Losing a limb is traumatic
But Blesma believes there is life after limb loss. Blesma is the leading charity for limbless veterans.
We help all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, the use of limbs or their sight, to rebuild their lives by providing emotional, financial and practical support. For life.
We can only continue to provide this vital service with your support.
To find out more call 020 8548 7089 or visit www.blesma.org