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Blesma Members set to appear at the Helicopter Museum’s fundraiser weekend

Military amputees Corie Mapp and Chris Ganley are set to be part of the Weston-Super-Mare Helicopter Museum’s ‘World at War Weekend’ over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of April, which will be raising money for charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

Corie, a double amputee from Swindon who served in the Household Cavalry, lost both of his legs below the knee after the vehicle he was travelling in drove over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. Since being injured in 2012, Corie has built himself an impressive career in Para-Bobsleigh, this year becoming World Number One.

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Hammers back local Military Charity at awareness match

West Ham United Football Club will be supporting Military charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans at Saturday’s match at the London Stadium.

The premier league club have selected Blesma as a charity partner for the 2017/ 2018 season in honour of the Chadwell Heath-based charity’s work providing rehabilitative activities, and financial, emotional and practical support to limbless veterans.

The Hammers and Blesma have further developed their strong relationship through the West Ham United Foundation’s Learn to Coach Programme.

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Amputee war veteran takes on D-Day 44 challenge for Military Charity

An amputee war veteran is taking on his first ultra-running challenge on the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings to support fellow injured veterans.

Former soldier Rob Copsey will be running 44-miles along the Normandy coastline for the relaunched D-Day 44 Challenge on the 6th June to raise money for military charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

The challenge, which consists of a 44-mile run or 22-mile walk, was set up in 2009 by Army surgeon Lt Col Mike McErlain to commemorate the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France on the anniversary of D-Day. However, in 2013, the event was cancelled when Mike tragically collapsed and died while taking part.

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Row2Recovery Team Trident break World Record for fastest pair to row the Atlantic Ocean

An amputee war veteran has just set the record time for rowing across the Atlantic in what is branded the world’s toughest endurance race.

Former Para Jordan Beecher and Captain Jon Armstrong became the fastest pair to complete the gruelling crossing as they powered their seven-metre-long boat to the finish line in just 37 days, beating the previous record by around three days.

The pair, who first met in the back of a Land Rover as new recruit Paratroopers on a military exercise on Salisbury Plain, braved mountainous seas and 40C temperatures on the 3,000-mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua.

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Three military charities come together to relaunch late Army surgeon’s fundraiser for injured veterans

Three military charities are coming together to relaunch the D-Day 44 Challenge, an event first run by Lt Col Mike McErlain, a serving Army surgeon who changed the lives of many injured service personnel for the better.

Mike, his wife Jo and his brother-in-law Giles Barnes set up the run in 2009 but tragically Mike collapsed and died while doing the run himself in 2013. Now with Jo’s blessing the event returns in 2018, the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings, to continue its important fundraising work, with the three chosen charities being Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, Blind Veterans UK and Combat Stress.

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