KS3 and KS4 pupils were involved in a workshop delivered by The Drive Project through Blesma (A Military Charity for Limbless Veterans) and Simon Harmer with his ‘Blown Away’ presentation. Since 2016, The Drive Project has worked alongside Blesma, who together designed and delivered the Blesma Community Programme. Blesma, The Limbless Veterans (formerly known as the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association), helps all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support. Since 1932, they have been the only national Armed Forces Charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives.
Simon Harmer’s personal account of his journey after encountering an IED whilst deployed was both humbling and enlightening. No detail was spared, no question too much and Simon spent the time speaking to individuals about their personal journey. Together with the Blesma workshop, the pupils began to realise what resilience looks like and how it is possible to overcome adversity whilst realising your potential. It was a truly remarkable morning for all.