Six injured veterans who are currently walking from Scotland to Buckingham Palace on a 1,000 mile expedition were joined by GB Invictus Games Captain, David Henson at HMS Victory in Portsmouth to launch the charity’s Christmas campaign ‘Walking Home For Christmas’ in support of homeless veterans.
Walking With The Wounded is calling on people across the UK to do their bit for wounded servicemen and women this Christmas and join the campaign to raise vital funds for veterans who simply don’t have a home to walk to.
The campaign, backed by Nick Knowles, Dominic West, Julia Bradbury and Sir Chris Bonington among others, will see thousands of people being sent special Santa hats, pulling on their walking boots and having an adventure on their very own doorstep – be it 1 mile or 100 miles this December.
David Henson, captain of GB’s Invictus Games team and an ambassador for Walking Home For Christmas, said: “The Walk Of Britain team are showing what’s possible for wounded veterans and Walking Home For Christmas is a fantastic way for people to show their support, get involved and have some fun in a Santa hat.
“As a wounded veteran the challenges I faced seemed impossible but with the support of Walking With The Wounded I am forging a new career in bio-engineering. I can’t imagine being homeless. For those veterans, the need is even greater – with getting a job being the key to getting back on your feet and independent.”
Last year participants collectively walked more than 5,000 miles and raised £100,000.
Andrew Cook, Head of Fundraising at Walking With The Wounded said: “Building on the success of last years event and our current Walk of Britain Expedition, the aim of this years Walking Home For Christmas initiative is to raise £250,000. This will enable us to deliver five new homeless programs across the UK ensuring beneficiaries are not precluded from gaining employment and financial security through a lack of housing.
“The Walk Of Britain team will have walked over 1,000 miles to raise awareness of the charity, for a mere £10, anyone inspired by them can contribute much needed funds to this great cause – we urge everyone to walk home and support veterans who won’t have a home to walk to this Christmas.”
Walking With The Wounded supports veterans with physical, mental or social injuries on their journey to long-term security, independence and employment. Walking Home For Christmas raises funds for WWTW’s Home Straight programme which supports homeless veterans back into employment and independence.
It currently has projects in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Catterick, Aldershot and Bristol with four more opening soon. Every £40,000 funds a new centre.
By signing up to Walk Home For Christmas you will be helping veterans like Sean.
The charity’s ‘Walk Of Britain’ expedition team of six wounded veterans are now more than 600 miles into their 1,000 mile walk across the UK, backed by expedition patron Prince Harry who joined the team for part of the walk. They finish at Buckingham Palace on 1 November and are calling on anyone inspired by the walk to do a walk of their own.
One of the team, Stewart Hill, who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury serving in Afghanistan, said: “My trauma is not a life sentence though I shall carry my brain damage for life. I ask Britain to transform the lives of wounded veterans. I ask Britain to help.”
How To Enter:
- Register here
- Enter your name, email and pay £10 towards the cause
- Get your pack with a branded hi-vis bib, Santa hat and wristband
- Walk as far as is challenging for you, 1 mile or 100
- Any time this December
To sign up, go to wwtw.org.uk. Need ideas for your walk?
- The Long Haul – Can you beat the current record of 203 miles by Paul Marron who walked the coastal path from Edinburgh to Newcastle and inland to Wylam, sleeping rough en route?
- The workplace challenge – Software firm Greenstone walked en masse to their Christmas party in London
- School’s out – Schoolboy Mikey Wall walked 4 miles home to Cribyn in Wales with his mum
- The Team Outing – WWTW staff in Norfolk walked 11 miles to a colleague’s home for a team dinner
- The Ingenious Idea – 1st Middleton Scouts in Manchester pulled a cart and handed out presents
- The Train-ing Plan – Brian Sykes walked 3 miles home from his local train station
- The (long) dog walk – Nigel Horne and his black Labrador walked 14 miles home across the Severn Bridge from Bristol