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BRITISH LIMBLESS EX-SERVICE MEN'S ASSOCIATION (BLESMA)

Organisation name
BRITISH LIMBLESS EX-SERVICE MEN'S ASSOCIATION (BLESMA)
Description
BLESMA is a national charity for limbless serving and ex-service men and women. The Association also accepts responsibility for the dependants of its members and, in particular their widows.



The objects of the Association are to promote the welfare of all those of either sex who have lost a limb or limbs, or one or both eyes, or the use of limbs as a result of service in any branch of Her Majesty's Forces or auxiliary forces and to assist needy dependants of such service limbless. It will also help those ex-service men and women who lose a limb for whatever reason after service.

BLESMA also provides:



Permanent residential and convalescent respite accommodation through its two nursing and residential homes at Blackpool and Crieff in Perthshire.
Counselling service to individuals pre and post amputations.
Advice on pensions, allowances, makes representation to government departments on individual entitlements and, where necessary, represents members and their dependants at pensions appeal tribunals.
Financial assistance to members and widows in the form of grants.
Plans and organises rehabilitation programmes for the members.
Assists in finding suitable employment for members.
Limited funding for research and development into artificial limbs and in the training of prosthetists and orthotists.
Acts as a consumer watchdog in respect of the provision of artificial limbs, wheelchairs and appliances.
The association is supported entirely by voluntary subscription.
Street address
185-187 High Road
Chadwell Heath
City/Town
Romford
County
Essex
Postcode
RM6 6NA
Web Addresswww.blesma.org
Main Phone No
020 8590 1124
Fax
0208 599 2932
Is this a national or local organisation?
National
Is there a local support network?
Yes