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Prosthetic company Opcare raising money for limbless veterans’ charity with 145-mile bike ride

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Employees of prosthetic provider Opcare will be completing a variety of cycling challenges on Friday 9 June to raise money for military charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

The route options vary from just over 20 miles around Richmond Park in south west London, to the most gruelling challenge of cycling from Roehampton Limb Centre, London to the company’s head office in Birmingham 145 miles away in just one day. Some riders will join for the final 14-mile loop around Birmingham.

Opcare provides prosthetic services to the NHS in the UK and has chosen to raise money for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans as part of the charity’s fundraising initiative ‘Blesma Week’ which starts next Monday (5 June).

Director of Clinical Services, Dom Hannett, who will be leading the ride said: “Having seen the excellent support offered to veterans and their families over the years, we were keen to do our bit to help. Blesma represent users of our service so well that we wanted to show our support too.”

Associate Director of Fundraising, Barbara Warner, said: “We are delighted that Opcare is supporting Blesma once again this year during Blesma Week and would like to thank all the Opcare staff around the country for their brilliant efforts.”

To support the ride, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/OPCAREANDBLESMABIKERIDE

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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Notes to Editor

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 around 3,500 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 & Instagram @Blesma and Facebook /blesma

 

For further information on Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, contact

Bryony Stevens, Media and Communications Officer

E: mediasupport@blesma.org

T: 020 8590 1124

W: www.blesma.org

 

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