Blesma was founded in the aftermath of the First World War. Since then, as an Armed Forces Charity, Blesma has supported over 62,000 limbless and wounded veterans.
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life changing loss of limb or lost the use of limbs or sight either through Service or traumatic incident after Service. Blesma works tirelessly to support members and their families rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support. The support is lifelong and just as they still care for their World War II veterans, they also look after younger generations who have survived complex trauma injuries in recent conflicts or accidents.
In Northern Ireland, the Blesma Support Officer is Steve Burton and he will offer advice and support on prosthetics, mobility aid provision and benefits. Financial Advice and Occupational Therapy Support are also part of the support network.
The Blesma Outreach Officer is Fiona Morrison, and she runs a varied and innovative programme of events and activities for Members and their families across NI ranging from educational museum visits, learning new skills, enjoying therapeutic benefits of arts and crafts, to the excitement and challenges of sailing and gliding. One to one visits provide a meaningful connection and a reminder Members are not alone.
You can find more information on their website www.blesma.org
Blesma NI contact details: Fiona Morrison, NI Outreach Officer
Tel: 07741 744617