A team from HSBC in London recently took on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks to raise money for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans…

Last week they presented a cheque at their Canary Wharf office for over £13,000 to representatives of the charity’s fundraising team. The team of 15 were joined by veteran and Blesma Member Kirk Bowett, from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, who lost his arm in 2013 while working as a private security contractor in Iraq.

Kirk, a former Infantryman with The Cheshire Regiment, said: “In October I met up with a great team the 3 Peaks challenge in aid of Blesma. The team was made up from a group of worthy volunteers from HSBC led by organiser Nick Crussell. All members were keen to smash the 3 mountains within the allotted 24 hours. All members of the team should feel great pride in completing this tough challenge and in aid of such a worthy cause. Next year the team plan an even tougher challenge!”

Nick Crussell, Global Head of Academies and Learning Architecture at HSBC University said: “HSBC teamed up with Blesma to take on the national 3 Peaks Challenge. Accompanied by Kirk Bowett, a Blesma Member, we completed the challenge over an amazing weekend with stories and friendships that will last way beyond the end of the challenge. With the team comprising of a number of ex-services personnel the charity is very close to our hearts and it was a pleasure to raise money for such an amazing charity.”

Barbara Warner, Associate Director of Fundraising at Blesma, said: “On behalf of Blesma, I’d like to thank Nick, Kirk and the team for their fantastic fundraising efforts, and for all the hard work they put in to completing the challenge.”

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless service men and women, their widows and dependants. It was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.