Thank you for visiting my page. Many of you know me and my story, but for those who don't. My name is Jack Cummings, I was injured on my second tour of Afghanistan in August 2010. I was part of a Royal Engineer Search Team, looking for IED's, unfortunately for me I was seriously injured from an IED blast which resulted in me losing both of my legs above the knee and I sustained other life threatening injuries. I spent 1 month in a coma and a further 5 months in hospital. After my time in hospital I was transferred to Headley Court in Surrey for 3 and a half years of Rehabilitation.
After my time at Headley court I was medically discharged from the Army, so I looked at setting myself goals and challenges to keep myself active and physically fit. In the last 4 years I have cycled from Paris to London using a hand bike, Cycled Cardiff to London, Competed at the Invictus Games in Toronto(2017) in swimming and Archery, Completed the Royal Marines Rehab Triathlon, Took part in Soldier Ride New York (For Blesma) and most recently completed a 1.5km Open water Swim.
I see the London Marathon as the next big challenge for myself. I will be completing the 26.2 miles in my manual everyday wheelchair that Blesma have funded for me. As well as funding my wheelchair they have supported me and my family. I have a Blesma support officer who comes round and provides advice any time I may need it. As well as this, Blesma are an amazing charity that offer and provide events and activities for injured veterans, which gives me the opportunity to take part in activities I thought I would never be able to do being an amputee.
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.