David Bland (83), Senior partner SPR Centre, Fontwell Avenue, will be once again be carrying out an assisted Parachute Jump with a difference. On the 4th September he will be carrying out the jump in New Zealand, being the highest assisted Parachute Jump in the world 18,000 ft.
Having jumped 3 times at 13,500 ft and two Abseils down Spinnaker Tower he feels he needs to add to this.
David was seriously injured while serving in the Infantry during National Service. He became a member of Blesma the first Charity Organisation to set up after the 1st World War for the seriously injured. It looks after both men and women and in the event of the partner dying they look after the widows.
No other Forces Charity does this. Not heard of them? well they do not spend large sums on TV advertising but monies raised go directly to where it is most needed. The late Duke of Westminster was their President and now the son.
Blesma Members have rowed the Atlantic three times the first two times with a 4 men crew who had only 3 good legs between them. This year a two man crew broke the world record, They are the major competitors in the Invictus Games. Whether Archery, Road running or whatever sport plus public speaking, acting. Blesma covers the training and expenses. At the moment one who lost both his legs in Afghanistan will be the first racing driver to complete the Le Mans Race in an ordinary car.
There is no end to what these people can and are able via Blesma help and finance.
Blesma have trained several with serious injuries to give talks at schools whatever the age group. This has proved extremely popular.