Forces Charities

Scottish Veterans Return To Blesma's First Event Since Lockdown

The charity helps and supports those who have lost a limb, the use of a limb or eyesight.

Veterans living with life-changing injuries have been brushing up on their golfing skills during a charity's first event in Scotland since the coronavirus lockdown.

The event was run by the charity Blesma, which helps and supports veterans and serving personnel who have lost a limb or the use of a limb, an eye or eyesight.

Since lockdown began in March 2020, Blesma has adapted to offering its services online.

Now COVID restrictions are easing and people are allowed to meet face-to-face again, it has meant the skills event at Mearns Castle Golf Academy could go ahead.

It means veterans and their loved ones can get out and socialise with others, sharing common ground.

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Blesma believes events like this are an integral part of members' recovery process. since coronavirus outbreak.

British Army veteran Olivia Zambonini told Forces News how "great" it was to be back out spending time with other people.

"I was shielding for what felt like the whole of last year, so it's been great just to get out and do stuff," she said.  

Blesma hopes events like this are an integral part of the recovery process, helping veterans overcome their life-changing injury and another step towards some sort of normality after the trying months in lockdown.

Emma Gration, Blesma's Outreach Officer, said: "It shows them that there are things they can still do.

"Maybe there are things that they're thinking they're not able to do.

"What we are there to do is to help them to show them that actually, you can, there are lots of ways that we can adapt what you do to allow you to do what you love and enjoy doing," she added.