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1917 and WWTW Join Forces To ‘Walk Home For Christmas’

Sam Mendes calls on fans to sign up to ‘Walking Home For Christmas’

Sam Mendes’ latest film 1917 centres on two young British soldiers who are given a seemingly impossible mission at the height of The First World War. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers. Mendes is calling on the public to deliver a message of their own this Christmas as part of a campaign to raise money for current veterans and their families.

The director of Skyfall was inspired to make 1917 after conversations with his grandfather, so supporting a partnership with military charity Walking With The Wounded and their nationwide ‘Walking Home For Christmas’ fundraiser has a strong personal impact for him. 

“While we’re not in conflict now, there are still too many ex-military who will be alone this Christmas. Troops who were involved in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, who are socially isolated and need support to get back into employment and independence. You can support by signing up to Walking Home For Christmas, creating a story of your own and walking to raise funds for those who have walked in far more dangerous places on behalf of us.”

George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman, the lead actors from the film, will be joining the official launch of Walking Home For Christmas on 12 November as a precursor to walking down the red carpet for the Royal Film PerformanceTM and World Premiere of 1917 in December. 

Are you inspired to take part in your own walk home for Christmas? Click here to sign up