National Volunteers' Week
An interview with WWTW volunteer, Captain Straker.
This week marks National Volunteers' Week. As a Charity, we rely on the generosity of our volunteers to support us at our events, with fundraising and enabling us to support those who served.
In this interview, we hear from WWTW volunteer, Captain Straker.
1. Tell us a bit about your background and what you do
I served in the military for 39 years and currently serve as Permanent Staff Administration Officer and Unit Adventure Training Officer for 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (RRF).
2. Why have you chosen to volunteer for Walking With The Wounded?
As a charity, WWTW support those who served and this is particularly important to me.
They also run a series of events, like the annual Cumbrian Challenge which takes place in the Lake District and gives each participant the chance to challenge themselves physically, whilst raising vital funds for the charity.
3. What type of events/activities have you supported the charity with?
I have attended the annual Cumbrian Challenge for the past 4 years, and hope to join in with the event in October 2020.
4. How much of an impact do you feel your volunteer work has had?
It’s clear to see how much of an impact our volunteering and fundraising efforts has had. The Charity invites some of their beneficiaries to the Cumbrian Challenge and it’s a great opportunity to hear first hand how your fundraising has positively impacted on their lives. I’d like to do more to promote this fantastic event.
5. If you were to recommend volunteering with WWTW to someone else, what would you say?
Give it a go, you don’t have to be a racing snake and you can go at your own pace ( within limits ). You meet some great volunteers and staff and it’s a fun weekend.
6. What surprised you the most or was your favourite part of the WWTW volunteering experience?
I’m always surprised by the number of civilian teams that take part in the Cumbrian Challenge and, I would like to see more military teams sign up and compete against one another. I also think it’s a great Cambrian Patrol Pre course!
Click here if you would like to volunteer for Walking With The Wounded.