This Friday a team of 20 runners will be taking on the Marathon des Sables (MDS) – the toughest footrace on Earth, to raise funds for Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) and support wounded veterans regain their independence through employment.
The Walking With The Wounded team, this year generously sponsored by ETL Systems includes double leg amputee war veteran, Duncan Slater and wounded veteran Karl Hinett. Karl was injured whilst serving in Basra, Iraq in September 2005 when his warrior tank was directly hit by a petrol bomb. As a result Karl received 37% burns to his hands, legs, arms and face.
Ian G. Hilditch, CEO, ETL Systems commented: “Having a strong military and government customer base and close geographical links to the military, we are very pleased to sponsor the WWTW team for the Marathon Des Sables event. We wish the team the best of luck for the demanding challenge ahead.”
All 20 will be undertaking five and a half marathons in five days, in 40 degree heat in the Sahara desert, through endless dunes. Each runner is required to be self sufficient, carrying all equipment and food on their back for the duration of the race.
All funds raised by the Walking With The Wounded team will be allocated to the charity’s Head Start programme which provides ex-servicemen and women who experience mental health difficulties with a military front door to access effective and evidence based therapeutic support. The programme works in collaboration with the NHS and other charities to complement the existing provision.
Another member of the team this year is Edward Parker, CEO and Co-founder of Walking With The Wounded. He commented “We are so grateful to ETL Systems for supporting our Marathon des Sables team for 2016. Without corporates like ETL we are simply not able to do these extraordinary expeditions that not only inspire so many but also raise crucial funds for our wounded.”
For more information on the Walking With The Wounded team, please visit: http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/marathon-des-sables-2016-2/