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Veronica, a WWTW team member, is supporting Walking Home For Christmas through her cancer treatment

Veronica, who has breast cancer, is getting into the Christmas spirit this year by dressing up as an elf to raise money for Walking Home For Christmas. Veronica is undergoing six chemotherapy treatments and will be dressing up for each treatment to raise money for six different charities, including WWTW.


Veronica works for WWTW as a Digital Care Coordinator in Scotland. She is working to identify and support hard to reach veterans in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. She said, “I am proud to be part of the Walking With The Wounded Team. The Charity does an incredible job supporting veterans and their families. Chemotherapy is a gruelling process. I want to turn my cancer treatment into something fun and positive, so I decided to use my six chemotherapy treatments to raise money for different charities. I will be dressing up as an Elf and raising money to support WWTW’s Christmas campaign, Walking Home For Christmas.”

Walking Home for Christmas is an annual fundraising campaign for Walking With The Wounded, a charity that provides mental health, employment, care coordination and volunteering opportunities for vulnerable veterans. The campaign encourages anyone from any walk of life to register and fundraise by undertaking a walk to support veterans that need it.

This year, Walking Home For Christmas is raising money to ensure that no one is left behind from the lockdowns. The campaign will focus on supporting veterans and their family members who have been affected by the mental health epidemic that has engulfed the country during the pandemic.

New research commissioned by Walking With The Wounded to support Walking Home For Christmas, found that Brits are still suffering an impact on their mental health caused by lockdowns enforced during the pandemic. 4 in 5 of those surveyed said that they still suffer from the effects on their mental health. This number equates to over 53 million adults, even since lockdown restrictions were lifted.

Walkers from previous years have dedicated their walks to loved ones who have been in or have fallen serving our country, have walked to a war memorial, run errands for friends and family or supported their local community.

The campaign invites anyone to register for free, receive a branded Santa hat and do a sponsored walk home, somewhere important to them anytime between 10th -20th December. Head to www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com and register for your free fundraising pack.

If you are a veteran based in the Scottish Highlands and Islands that is feeling isolated, or you know a veteran who is isolated, then please contact veronica.young@wwtw.org.uk.

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