NRS Healthcare is delighted to celebrate its first anniversary in partnership with a charity providing support to limbless and injured veterans.
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, was founded in 1932 and is dedicated to assisting service and ex-service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight in one of the armed forces.
NRS, which is committed to improving people’s independence every day, began its partnership in November 2022, because of its close alignment with Blesma’s own mission to assist limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Eva Georgiou, Head of ESG and Engagements, said:
“It’s a real privilege for us to be able to work with an organisation like Blesma, the work they do makes a genuine difference to the lives of their members and all of us here at NRS Healthcare feel proud to be a part of that. The partnership is one of true collaboration and I am confident that we will go from strength to strength over the next few years.”
Throughout the first year of partnership NRS has supported Blesma through fundraising and volunteering activities, donating equipment and attending workshops and events.
This started with NRS employees attending Blesma’s 90th Anniversary celebration at Royal Chelsea Hospital. NRS has also worked collaboratively with the charity to support Ukraine soldiers who have been injured in conflict and is supporting a research project with the Anglia Ruskin University.
In April, Eva completed the London Marathon which raised £3,200, subsequently matched by NRS, and in August Alex Ingleson, a former Royal Marines Commando, who is now a Driver Technician in Tottenham, and Chloe Ward, a Community Engagement Lead in Kent, joined 17 others to take part in the Dorset Annual Plane Pull.
NRS is also delighted to have allocated £15,000 worth of equipment which is being used by members with mobility difficulties.
Blesma members range in age from 21 up to a 108-year-old widow and are based all over the UK. Most members are aged 65 or over and as they get older, mobility issues caused through injury and limb loss increase, and they also increasingly suffer from other age-related conditions such as heart problems, respiratory illness, diabetes, arthritis and frailty.
Chris Knight, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Blesma, said:
“The first year of our partnership with NRS Has been incredible. It is so refreshing to work with a business that continually look at how they can make a positive difference to our Association. The team at NRS have been amazing to work with, everyone in the business has a passion and drive to ensure we deliver a positive and successful partnership. Eva in particular, has been so supportive of Blesma and our partnership and is always looking at ways we can work together for the benefit of our members, who are at the centre of everything Blesma does. I’m really looking forward to year two and very confident that we will achieve some fantastic results in the coming twelve months.”