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Former Royal Military Policewoman takes on LEJOG Challenge for Blesma 

blesma-weekA former Royal Military Policewoman is running 880 miles to raise money for Blesma, the Limbless Veterans.

Suzanne Turner, 44, from Chartridge, Buckinghamshire is running from John O’Groats to Lands’ end in 21 days to raise money for wounded veterans.

“I’d thought about doing it two years ago but suffered from clinical depression so talked myself out of it,” said Suzanne. “By chance I went to a leadership seminar and a guy said he had completed it. I spoke to him after the seminar and he encouraged me to do it.”

Suzanna served in the Royal Military Police for ten years, serving in Germany, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Diego Garcia. It was her Military connection that lead her to fundraiser for Blesma.

“I served with Blesma’s Support Officer for Prosthetics, Brian Chenier and was always seeing him post on Facebook about the charity. Their work is vital to helping servicemen after army treatment has ended and helping them back to a normal life. I wanted to help and give something back too.”

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.

Suzanne has been using the hilling countryside of Chiltern Hills to train for the challenge.

Suzanne begins her challenge on Monday 24th April. To support Suzanne, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Suzanne-Turner5

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Notes to Editor

Hi-res images can be downloaded from the links below:

Suzanne collecting during Blesma Week 2016: http://blesma.org/media/440356/blesma-week.jpg

Suzanne Blesma Tshirt: http://blesma.org/media/440355/blesma-training-selfie.jpg

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.

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For further information on Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, contact, Jessica Mackinnon, In-house journalist, E: ihj@blesma.orgT: 020 8590 1124, W: www.blesma.org

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