£2000 donation to BLESMA

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FORMER Royal Marines and members of the 45 Veterans’ Association travelled to Crieff on Saturday to visit servicemen and women at the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (BLESMA) facility. They handed over a £2,000 donation to the charity.

The 45 Veterans’ Association wanted to give the BLESMA residents an early Christmas present and they handed over cigars, tobacco, port, wine, Champagne and crates of beer.

The BLESMA home is managed by Hazel Kinchin-White BA (Hons) RN, RM, RSCN, RMA, who takes care of the former service men and women. The facilities at Crieff are superb and Hazel and her staff cater for the men and women of all ages no matter how serious their injuries are.

Stuart Lavery of 45 Veterans Association said: “We just wanted to give these men and women who served their country so well, a cheery Christmas and to wish them and the BLESMA staff season’s greetings.”

While there the former Arbroath Marines chatted to the patients and were treated to a hearty meal. They then rounded off their trip with a few games of snooker on the facility’s full size table.

l Pictured in the BLESMA lounge handing over the cheque are, from left, back - Bob Campbell, Kev Edwards, Stuart Lavery, Adele Wigley, care staff; Hazel Kinchin-White, Dave McCaig, Tony Lee, Jim Reilly, Linda Oliver and Linda Watson, care staff: front - Jimmy Brock, Alex McAdam, Alex Douglas, Gwen Kechner and Arbroathian Neil Robertson, formerly of the Royal Logistics Corps.

Wallace Ferrier