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Simon and Alison complete the mammoth 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail!

Simon Richard and Alison Shelford safely reached the summit of Mount Katahdin on 17th August, after walking more than five and a half months in aid of our wounded veterans.

Simon Richard and Alison Shelford from Nottingham, UK have fundraised over £4,300 for wounded ex-servicemen and women by hiking the famous Appalachian Trail. The route runs between Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, in the eastern United States, navigating a total of 14 states and approx. 464,500’ gain/loss in elevation. It attracts over 3 million visitors a year as the longest hiking-only trail in the world.

Simon and Alison began the epic 2,190 mile journey on foot from Georgia to Maine on 1st March 2017, with the aim to finish at Mount Katahdin mid-August (a total of 5 ½ months walking).

Despite a few minor setbacks including illness and adverse weather conditions, Simon and Alison eventually made it to the summit of Mount Katahdin on Thursday 17th August. On their return to the UK, they are due to meet with staff and beneficiaries of the charity at Walking With The Wounded’s Manchester office located on Canada Street, home to the Veterans’ Village. Gary Lamb, North West Operations Manager for WWTW, has said: “We look forward to meeting Simon and Alison on their return and are exceptionally grateful for their support.”

They embarked on their adventure with the hope to raise £5,000 for Walking With The Wounded and in-turn support physically, mentally and socially wounded ex-servicemen and women back into independence by assisting them into sustainable employment and helping them to reintegrate back into society. Simon and Alison raised £1,200 ahead of their journey by organising a Northern Soul and Motown music event, and they have since raised another £3,100 whilst in America. They are also hoping to hold a final fundraiser on their return. As a result of their extraordinary fundraising efforts, they have supported 6 veterans through our mental health support programme, Head Start.