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Disabled veterans deliver mental health message to Grantham pupils

A group of veterans who have all lost limbs hosted an inspirational workshop at Grantham College to help combat mental health.

The veterans, who are all volunteers from Blesma, a charity dedicated to assisting limbless veterans to lead full and independent lives, have been delivering the workshops in an effort to combat the effects of anxiety, low self-esteem and poor mental health as part of the Making Generation R programme, which supports injured veterans to take their inspiring stories about overcoming adversity to schools across the UK.

Owain Ford, along with veterans David Ledger and Tom Penny, visited the college to help spread the message of overcoming adversity and becoming resilient.

Volunteers from Blesma delivered workshops at Grantham College. (9587110)
Volunteers from Blesma delivered workshops at Grantham College. (9587110)

They spoke about their experiences before asking the students to participate in a range of written activities.

Lorna Hollands, the college’s mental health and wellbeing advisor, invited the group to speak to students from a range of courses across the college. She said: “The workshop provided an interesting insight into the speaker’s life experiences, challenges and journeys.

“The students were able to reflect on how the speakers overcame adversity and found new goals for the future.

“There was a clear message that we all have resilience.”

Blesma is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight in the honourable service of our country.

For more information, visit: blesma.org


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