UPDATE: Following 2 cancellations due to poor weather I finally completed the jump at Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury, on, 26 September 2017, The collage above depicts various events leading up to, and including, the jump in aid of Besma.
Once monies from sponsors start to come in I shall update this site accordingly. I will keep the Just Giving Site open until funds are all in. Those of you who have not sponsored me may still conribute to the Blesma cause, either by donating directly on the Just Giving site or by phone; just text 70070 with BFPO50 followed by the amount of the donation. For example – BFPO50 £5 – donations may be texted in the amounts of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 & £10
OLDER TEXT: I am a 73 year old Armed Forces Veteran who served over 23 years with the RAF Police. On leaving the service I became involved with Newark Town Council in civic roles and was elected a Town Councillor in 2007. During this time I met my 2nd wife, Nicky, and we both qualified as TT Marshals and medics on the Isle of Man. Remaining in Newark I continued my medical works with the Ambulance Service and a local community aid group. I am currently retired, but still serve as a local Parish Councillor, yet feel that I can still put something more back into the community. So, I thought I'd try and raise some funds for Blesma by doing a tendem parachute jump with the Red Devils at Langar Airfield, Nottinghamshire, on Tuesday, 5th September 2017. Please sponsor me to aid this very worthy cause.
Amongst the images is a photograph showing me with Johno, now a married father-of-two, who lost a leg after being blown up in Afghanistan on 9th November 2007. His life was changed forever when he was injured. Two weeks later he had his right leg amputated. Soon after he was seen by Blesma support worker Charlie Streether. “If it wasn’t for Charlie Streether I wouldn’t be alive today,” said Johno. “I would have committed suicide. Blesma offer you hope and motivation again."
Blesma the Limbless Veterans, is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the loss of use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight. We support these men and women in their communities throughout the UK and overseas. We work tirelessly for our Members when the conflicts that have affected their lives are no longer a focal point in the nation’s media. Since 1932, we have been the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Our Members range from the youngest amputee veterans to those who fought in WWII, some having lived with limb loss for more than half a century. Modern medicine transforms the physical injury, but it is a complicated process to treat the emotional trauma and related lifelong health problems. Blesma provides a network where Members not only enjoy support from our professional Welfare Team, but where they have the opportunity to engage with others who have similar injuries and backgrounds to themselves, building an important fellowship with each other to overcome everyday battles.