Ross Kemp helps to launch Walking Home For Christmas
Ross Kemp joins a team of veterans on London's Millennium Bridge
Walking With The Wounded is hugely grateful to TV star, Ross Kemp, who joined us on Millennium Bridge early on Monday morning in order to back this year’s Walking Home For Christmas campaign. Ross joined WWTW Ambassador, Tom Evans, and a remarkable team of veterans who had all received support from Walking With The Wounded and Help for Heroes after leaving the Armed Forces. Ross walked alongside them, battling strong winds and heavy downpours, all the way to the Cenotaph on Whitehall in order to raise the profile of Britain’s wounded veterans who are at risk, battling unemployment, isolation and struggling with their mental health.
The aim of the walk was to call on Brits across the country to put their best foot forward to raise much-needed cash to help veterans and their families – simply by going for a walk.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the men and women who risk their own lives to make Britain – and the world - a safer place for us all,” said Ross. “Yet when they return, people in the Armed Forces often struggle to adapt to civilian life – and rarely get the heroes’ welcome they deserve.They may find themselves alone, struggling to find work – or even a home – and many are also struggling with their mental health after witnessing scenes in battle that you or I cannot imagine. But just by going for a walk in the run-up to Christmas, you can raise money that is essential to help these brave men and women who have risked their own lives thousands of miles from home. Anyone can raise money for Walking Home For Christmas by taking part in a sponsored walk between December 13th – 23rd – whether it’s taking a present to a loved one or walking to a place that means something to you."
All funds raised from this year’s campaign will be split between Walking With The Wounded and Help for Heroes to pay for vital support for veterans at risk. For example:
• £150 could pay for a one-day employment course
• £300 could pay for mentoring support to start up a business
• £675 is the average cost to receive 12 mental health therapy sessions
Duncan struggled with depression and alcohol after leaving the Army – and even became homeless – but is now back in work and rebuilding his life thanks to support from Walking With The Wounded.
“In the Army you believe you’re invincible and that nothing is going to hurt you. But when you come out you realise you’re not Superman and that what can hurt you may well not be physical but might be something inside,” said Duncan. “It took a long time getting to the point where I admitted I needed to speak to somebody but it was a massive help getting to that point.
“To anyone wondering about taking part in Walking Home for Christmas, please get off the bus or train early, put your Santa hat on and walk home – you could be helping a veteran on the way to fitting into civilian life.”
What better way to serve those who have served us? Signing up for Walking Home for Christmas is easy and free! Simply head to www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com and register for your fundraising pack today.