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Injured British veterans to take part in a tour of South Africa as part of ongoing rehabilitation

Six veterans from the UK are visiting Franschhoek in the Western Cape Province of South Africa for a week of activities hosted by British veteran Neil Palmer who has lived in the area with his family since 2003.

During the week, the group will experience a wide variety of what Franschhoek and the surrounding area has to offer, from fly-fishing to cage diving with sharks, an overnight trip to the Aquila Safari and a tour of Table Mountain.

The trip is funded by Blesma as part of their Members’ Activities Programme and hosted by Neil Palmer, Mark Heistein of Otters Bend Lodge and Pat Brigg.

Today, Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is one of only around ten charities in Britain that still exist from the 18,000 that were born out of the First World War. Their mission is to assist limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Blesma 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. They support these men and women in their communities throughout the UK and overseas.

Blesma provides networks where Members not only enjoy support from their professional Welfare Team who can offer support with grants and advice with allowance claims, 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.

For more information about Blesma, please go to:


Emily Mizon

Membership Engagement Assistant

Direct Line: 020 8548 7094


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