About the event
We asked our supporters to walk a mile or a hundred, it really didn’t matter, honestly. What mattered was that they were with us and wanted to help our homeless veterans by Walking Home For Christmas.
We asked them to ditch their car, their bike, the Tube, and the bus! Just for one day. And walk home instead. Yes, it really was that easy. If they had a long commute or a journey to a friends’ house that they did regularly, then they could also get off the train or bus a couple of stops early, or walk with their bike the last mile or two.
- Walking home even some of the way still counted!
How it worked
- Walkers registered
- Paid just £15 towards the cause as an entry fee
- Got sent an event pack with a branded, hi vis bib and wristband
- Set up a fundraising page if they wanted to
- Planned their route, challenged their friends and colleagues and got walking!
How did it go?
- Nearly 500 people walked more than 5,000 miles
- The event raised enough money to set up two new projects to support homeless veterans
- We got inundated with selfies via @supportTheWalk #WalkingHomeForChristmas
- Hundreds of people set up a fundraising page in addition to their registration fee
- Where did they walk? Look at our map kindly put together by the talented team at ESRI
Why did we do it?
Walking Home For Christmas raises funds and awareness for our Home Straight Programme which helps us support our wounded veterans into long-term employment and independence.
Let’s face it, many of our ex-servicemen and women have walked for all of us in far worse and more dangerous environments than we might care to imagine. So this was our chance to walk home for them. To show them we care and that we haven’t forgotten just how much they have sacrificed for us.
When you walk home for Christmas you’re walking home for people like Sean Percival-Scott. Re-adjusting to normal life was hard for Sean. In fact, not just really hard. Incredibly hard. After returning home from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Sean suffered badly from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – it was when the firing stopped that hit him the hardest – and he fell into homelessness. There are many others just like Sean who need your help, and you walking home for Christmas can be that help.
Who joined in?
People all over the world signed up in places as far afield as New Zealand, Spain, Qatar and Canada. Even celebrities got in on the act:
- Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team backed the campaign!
- The inspirational David Henson, MBE and Captain of the British Armed Forces Team in the Invictus Games walked home for Christmas!
There was also an extra special something in it for walkers too!
Sports brand New Balance kindly gave away a pair of trainers to every 100th sign up and in every registration pack there were generous discount codes for both Helly Hansen and New Balance goodies.
Records from 2014!
- Furthest walk – Paul Marron – 203 miles
- Biggest fundraiser – Harry Bucknall – more than £10k
- Best fancy dress – Mikey Wall – one of our youngest walkers dressed up as Santa
Dress 2 Kill – bespoke tailors of made-to-measure suits since 1999 – were proud sponsors of Walking With The Wounded’s Walking Home For Christmas 2014 campaign!