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.
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.