Mount Kilimanjaro 2017
Be part of Walking With The Wounded’s Mount Kilimanjaro expedition in September 2017 with one of our beneficiaries.
This unique trip up the Machame route on the highest mountain in Africa is organised by our event partner Kandoo Adventures and departs on 16th September 2017.
Every member of our 2016 team, accompanied by wounded ex Royal Marine Danny Bottomley, summited Kilimanjaro.
You will walk with a team of others including one of our inspirational beneficiaries, Sean, who served as a Gunner in 26 Regiment Royal Artillery for 6 years, and left the Army in January 2014.
He was diagnosed with mild to moderate hearing loss and tinnitus as a result of blast trauma whilst on operational duty in Afghanistan and was discharged from the Army but struggled to adjust to civvy life and ended up in custody.
He was picked up by Walking With The Wounded's criminal justice programme, Project Nova, which helped Sean recognise his work aspirations, attend an information Day at a Step Into Health programme (in conjunction with the NHS, The Royal Foundation and WWTW), to explore a career within the NHS. He completed a two week Step Into Health work placement at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust in Norfolk and was offered a work placement in a physiotherapy department.
Sean admits to not being particularly academic whilst at school, but he gained several NVQ’s whilst in the Army and has the enthusiasm and determination to succeed. He's now back in work and studying to become an occupational therapist within the NHS as well as helping to mentor fellow ex military who have been referred to Project Nova.
“Walking With The Wounded, Project Nova and Step into Health have all given me a lot of support and direction," said Sean. "The harsh reality is that without this support I would probably have ended up on the wrong side of the law again.”
We ask each climber to aim to raise £1,000 to support our programmes assisting wounded veterans back into independence and long-term, sustainable employment.