• Paul Burns - A Fighting Spirit
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25 March 1961 – 7 June 2013

On 27 August 1979, Paul Burns’ life changed for ever. Travelling through Warren Point in Northern Ireland when the IRA detonated two massive bombs, he was involved in a devastating explosion - eighteen soldiers were killed that day; Paul was one of only two who survived. His story is a remarkable tale of one man’s determination to make the most of his life against the odds.

In June 2013, Paul was taking part in the 52-mile Three Counties Bike Ride with friends of the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association (BLESMA) when he collided with a telegraph pole, breaking his femur. He died unexpectedly while recovering from his injury.

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The inspiring story of a soldier who survived the loss of his comrades, faced adversity and overcame it all.

Charitable Organisations


BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association) is the national charity for limbless serving and ex-service men and women and their dependants and widows. Much of their work is funded by donations. Please help them support those who lost limbs serving their country.
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The Gwennili Trust

The Gwennili Trust was founded in 1995 to provide yacht sailing opportunities for people with disabilities. Over the years people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities whether visually impaired, with learning difficulties or of limited mobility have enjoyed the thrill of sailing on our yachts.
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The Not Forgotten Association

The Not Forgotten Association provides leisure and recreation for wounded serving and ex-service men and women with disabilities or who are wounded, including the organisation of, or provision of items or facilities for, leisure and recreational activities, travel, holidays and outings.
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It's nice to be nice - Paul Burns - 25 March 1961 – 7 June 2013