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"The help I have received has been the stepping stone for me to make my life better and support my family."

Read Simon's story and learn how Walking Home For Christmas really does make a difference.


"I realise that I have made a few mistakes in my life but the help I have received has been the stepping stone for me to make my life better and support my family," says Simon from Sunderland who joined the Parachute Regiment in 2006, aged 17.

Simon was medically discharged in 2012 following a shrapnel injury to his ankle whilst on an operational  tour of Afghanistan in 2010. He was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Simon admits to struggling after leaving the Armed Forces. He held a couple of jobs after leaving but was referred to Walking With The Wounded's Project Nova in November 2015 following an arrest for being drunk and disorderly. Project Nova stepped in and was able to provide Simon with mental health and employment support.

Simon is now in full time employment and hoping to develop a career in property maintenance where he aspires to own his own business in the future.

"Thanks to the support of Walking With The Wounded I’m now employed. I’ll be working over the Christmas period, but on Christmas Day I’ll be with my family and those I love. This year, I’m looking forward to creating special memories."

You can make a difference to the futures of ex-servicemen and women like Simon, simply by going for walk this December. All we ask is that you sign up and put your best foot forward, and in turn serve those who have served us.

Click here to sign up to Walking Home For Christmas!