Amputee veteran to take on 87-mile cycle challenge for fellow wounded veterans

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Brian Chapman is taking on the Hadrian’s wall cycle challenge to raise money for Military Charity Blesma, the Limbless Veterans.

Brian, 54, from Newark, served as an Army Sniper instructor in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. A motorbike accident seven years ago, which Brian cannot recall, led to Brian having to have his right leg amputated.”

Last year Brian climbed Mount Snowdon with his daughter to support the charity and not content with challenging himself just the once, he wanted to complete another.

“I had the choice of cycling Hadrian’s wall or sky diving. The cycle was more challenge than jumping out of an aeroplane seeing as I’m ex infantry. I wanted to push myself.”

To complete the mighty cycle ride, Brian has had a special bike made so that he can cycle using just one leg and no prosthetic. The one-day challenge will see Brian set off from Carlisle on Saturday 5th August and finish in Newcastle. Brian will be supported during the challenge by his fellow veterans from his regiment.

“I chose Blesma because I have two army buddies who have had leg amputations and Blesma have done a fantastic job supporting them. They do a great job for all our amputee veterans and I’m glad to be a Member.”

To support Brian, please visit – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/b-chapman1

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless service men and women, their widows and dependants. It was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.

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About Blesma, The Limbless Veterans

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless serving and ex-service men and women, their widows and dependants.  It is a membership organisation which helps wounded service men and women rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support. Their membership includes those who have lost the use of a limb, an eye or the sight of an eye.

Blesma was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.  Blesma today has over 4000 Members and widows. The membership consists of men and women who have served during the Second World War and the many subsequent conflicts and peacekeeping operations since, including the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Follow us on Twitter @Blesma and Instagram @Blesma

For further information on Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, contact

Jessica Mackinnon, In-house journalist

E: ihj@blesma.org
T: 020 8590 1124
W: www.blesma.org

 

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