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Michael Spear
1 Posted 14/05/2021 at 19:33:40
Weston-Super-Mare is probably out of range for most Evertonians but, as someone who benefited greatly from the work of Blesma, I would like to encourage everyone to give support to the CVFC matches if they are ever in your area.

At the age of 29, my dad Tommy lost both arms and a leg fighting with the Kings Regiment in Italy in 1944. By the time I came into the world in 1946, Blesma (the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association as it was then known) had already started its wonderful support of him and the family (mum and my two brothers), which continued all the way through to his all-too-early passing in 1967.

It's tragic of course that their charitable work to support disabled ex-servicemen and women is still needed 77 years on, but heartwarming that so many are doing what they can to help the different generations of combat veterans. So let's hear it for CVFC and keep an eye open for their fixtures.

Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 16/05/2021 at 13:08:47
Thank you for raising awareness of this Chris. I will most certainly follow. BLESMA does great work and I am sure CVFC will continue in that vein.

My Grandfather served with the Inniskilling Fusiliers in Burma, my father done his 22 years and myself, 28 years. For my generation that incorporated Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East and Afghanistan. On my last tour of Afghanistan, 69 British service personnel lost their lives in 6 months. The full statistics were never released but it is estimated you times that figure by 4 to get an understanding of how many returned with life changing injuries. And then there is PTSD on top of that.

Very worthy cause and close to the heart. Thank you again.

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