One of the UK’s most prominent
military charities, Blesma, The Limbless Veterans has confirmed its support of
Team BRIT in 2018.
2018 will mark the 5th year that the charity has provided support to KartForce and Team BRIT, helping hundreds of injured ex-servicemen to access motorsport.
Team BRIT consists of disabled drivers, the majority of which are military veterans who have sustained serious injuries, and the team aims to be the first ever all-disabled team to race in Le Mans.
Blesma, which is based in Romford in Essex, 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.
A number of Team BRIT’s drivers and support team are Blesma members including Founder Dave Player and latest rookie Ash Hall.
Blesma provided a grant that supported the Team BRIT racing hand controls to be developed back in 2015. From then, the team has created the world’s most advanced hand control system for Team BRIT’s drivers, allowing them to compete on equal terms with able-bodied drivers. Team Founder Dave Player is working with motorsport’s international governing body, the Federation Internationale De L’Automobile, to see how this technology can be introduced to motorsports teams across the world.
Team BRIT founder Dave Player said, “We are extremely grateful for the continued support we have received from Blesma over the years. Their backing has been extremely influential in creating the technology we initially needed for KartForce, which has now been further developed for Team BRIT.
“Now that our hand controls are available for sale globally, we will be taking a forces-focused initiative and revolutionising disability motorsport.”
Blesma Chief Executive Barry Le Grys said: “We are pleased to support what is more than sport. Team BRIT are also promoting skills and their application and this is important in the longer term for our Members and the wider disabled community.”
Information on Blesma can be found
at www.blesma.org or on social media.