Anyone who knows our Andy will know he isn’t the well fittest of people, so we came up with an idea to get him in shape and at the same time raise money for a great cause.
Andy has made the solemn promise that if we to raise a minimum of £675 for charity organisation Blesma he will take part in the 5k Tough Mudder assault course.
Anyone who has ever seen the Tough Mudder marathon will know that it is nothing to be sniffed at, and even Andy’s children when watching it told there dad that he’s going to die.
Since WW1 Blesma have supported over 60,000 limbless and injured veterans.
The First World War led to the birth of nearly 18,000 charities, of which around 10 exist today. Blesma is one.
Forty thousand Service men lost limbs or eyes during the First World War – and lived to return to a “land fit for heroes”. They were swiftly disillusioned. Amputation techniques were in their infancy, artificial limbs primitive and, with mass unemployment the order of the day, 90% of the nation’s war limbless could not find work.
During this period the limbless gathered together in groups determined if society would not help them, they would help themselves. So the Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association was born and grew, finally achieving national status in 1932 as the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association – Blesma.
Since its creation Blesma has lobbied successive governments to achieve improvements in pensions, in standards of artificial limbs and in the provision of suitable motor transport and employment opportunities. Residential homes have been opened, wide ranging health and well-being services initiated, sporting activities undertaken and innovative research commissioned, all helped by the ceaseless fund-raising activities of devoted members and supporters.
Since 1932, Blesma have been the only national Armed Forces Charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Modern medicine transforms the physical injury, but it is a complicated process to treat the emotional trauma and related lifelong health problems.
You can help Andy Devaney raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page - https://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Devaney
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Blesma The Limbless Veterans and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Thank you for your support!