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£14,000 Raised for Blesma by Charity Cycle Ride

Providing much needed support to limbless and injured veterans

Alloy Fabweld Group CEO, Bill Williams, and Group MD, Shaun Pledger, cycled 160 miles from Dunmow, to Ypres, Belgium, with the Dunmow Round Table. The Ride was in support of Blesma, for Limbless Veterans and their families.

This was no small feat for some of the team, that was not used to cycling this kind of distance. The ride ended in Ypres, Belgium, where the group paid their respects at the ‘Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing’, to commemorate soldiers of the British Commonwealth, who fell in the Ypres Salient during the First World War before 16 August 1917 and who have no known grave.

Ypres was also commemorated in 1920 by King George V, who awarded the Military Cross to the City of Ypres, one of only two awards of this decoration to a municipality during World War I.

The cycle ride raised much-needed funds for Blesma, whose mission is to assist limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives. They are dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye, or, loss of sight in the service of our country.

Blesma has been supporting limbless men and women veterans and their families and their communities throughout the UK Since 1932 and they are the only national Armed Forces Charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives.

Last year alone, Blesma helped support a large portion of our UK community veterans and their families, who in turn are helping support our country.

Last year they delivered...

  • 514 home visits, 196 other visits, 21,060 contacts and communications by Support and Outreach Officers

  • 1,325 grants

  • 4,900 Members, family members and carers took part in face-to-face and virtual activities

  • 389 Prosthetic interventions

  • 118 New Member

You can read more about the great work they do, donate or support them here:

Thank you to everyone who has supported the team by donating to BLESMA, if you would like to donate to help raise this to £20,000 the lik is -


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