Blesma Day

Up HighBLESMA, The British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association attended Challenge 4 Change as part of their rehabilitation week of events. This is where they get involved in activities which they normally wouldn’t due to their disabilities. The centre was transformed for the event with union flags, bunting and two Minis, kindly supplied by Emma Riley from the Williams GroupOn arrival the members were greeted with bacon & sausage barms (supplied by Glen at the Warren Bruce Court Bistro). Volunteers were also at the centre for the event from Bruntwood, Simply Health & The Bury Black Pudding Company

We can’t thank the volunteers enough as the day couldn’t have run as smoothly as it did without them. We would also like to thanks Offizone for sponsoring the event

Centre manager Chris Whiteley then set out the plan for the day, where BLESMA members, volunteers and groups of young people from the Princes Trust & Salford Foundation Learning were divided into teams to take on the challenges.

At first the groups found it hard to mix but it didn’t take long for the barriers to come down and the teams to become integrated and work well together.

British FlagThe day consisted of a series of ground based challenges, lunch and then the aerial challenges. Most participants had our usual safety harnesses, but some of the BLESMA members required the use of our special equipment so we could get them hoisted into the roof and attached to the aerial trek. The leap of faith was popular for many participants, especially a couple of the BLESMA members who weren’t content until they had finally caught the trapeze.

The giant swing was seen as the soft option until an ear splitting scream emitted from the first person to have a go! Over the day it became apparent that the three teams we initially divided the group into merged into one big team, with everyone helping each other to overcome their individual fears.

After the challenges at C4C the BLESMA members went for an eventful night at Belle Vue dogs. After which it was all back to C4C for a sleep over, and thanks to Joseph Holt’s for providing some bottled refreshments.

All in all a great time was had by all, the feedback has been fantastic and we would like to thank everyone involved in the day. Groups of people who would not normally mix together and bond did and had a great time into the bargain!!!