Determined David abseils down the tower for Blesma

David Bland
David Bland
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Losing sight in one of his eyes has not discouraged a veteran from abseiling for charity.

David Bland, who cannot see out of his right eye, joined 10 other people to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower.

The veteran was keen to have a go to raise money for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

The national military charity supports servicemen who have lost limbs or the use of limbs or eyesight while serving. It also helps their family.

David, 80, has been a member of the charity since 1956.

He joined after losing his right eye in a training accident while serving as a Corporal with the Wiltshire Regiment in 1954.

After leaving the military, he went into farming and now keeps busy by helping his children who have taken over the business.

He also spends a lot of his free time fundraising for Blesma.

David, from Chichester, says: ‘I have been a Blesma member since 1956 and although losing an eye does not involve much attention as the loss of one’s arms and legs, Blesma has always been there for me.

‘I feel that being a member is a very good insurance throughout my life.

‘My motivation to raise money for Blesma is to try ensure those who have suffered far more serious injuries than I will be able to continue to receive their full support.

‘I feel safe under the Blesma umbrella as you never know what life has in store.

‘Now I am trying to think up new ways of raising money for this fantastic cause!’

Thanks to the 11 volunteers who scaled down the Portsmouth tower last month, around £1,200 was raised.

Blesma is now looking for people to take part in the next Spinnaker Tower abseil challenge for May 2016.

Anyone interested in taking part should email,

Alternatively call 0208 590 1124.

For more information on the charity visit the website at