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Manchester Walking Home For Christmas

Walking With The Wounded's Manchester hub steps out

On 5th December Walking With The Wounded’s Manchester team held their annual Walking Home For Christmas event - walking from the cenotaph in the city centre back to their Manchester Hub on Canada Street.

Despite torrential rain and major traffic congestion, the team were joined by around 50 committed supporters from the business and local community. Companies including Lyndon Scaffolding, Yes! Manchester, BTP Architects and Southway Housing got their staff involved and treated the evening as a Christmas get-together, combining the event with a few “after-work” drinks to strengthen staff cohesiveness through their busy December periods.

 As well as all members receiving their very own Santa’s Hat, everyone that walked was given a mulled wine and mince pie. These items were donated by Morrisons and Greggs and were a welcome treat after a wet walk across the city.

For those not wanting the usual festive delights, coffee, tea and biscuits were available courtesy of Asda. It really was a show of local solidarity with companies from varied industries getting behind the campaign, from CFI Labels who created the signs for the route to BNY Mellon whose staff volunteered knowing that their donated time would result in a donation from their company.

Whilst at Canada Street, the spirit of Christmas was personified through the Rochdale Borough Council Choir who sang loud and proud throughout the whole evening.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, as well as the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester were on hand to say a few words, and to thank all guests for their support of the ex-servicemen and women that Walking Home For Christmas benefits. It really was a fantastic evening, reflected in the amount raised; currently the total of which stands at nearly £1,000 but is forecast to reach £3,000 once all sponsorship is collected over the forthcoming weeks.

See who took part here.  There's still time to take part and do your own walk - simply sign up here before 1pm on 18 December.