Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded provides vulnerable veterans’ independence through employment.
We recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and wants to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in gaining independence through new long term careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.
The outcome? Sustainable employment, and independence for them and their families.
“Let’s Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk to raise funds to help our wounded military get back in to work and have their deserved independence. Please take part in Walking Home for Christmas by striding out with friends and family wherever you may be. But don’t forget to wrap up …..Remember there’s no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothing. Enjoy!”
Walking Home for Christmas – Do a walk this December to serve those who have served us
How to take part:
- Sign up at www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com
- Receive your Santa hat and fundraising pack in the post.
- Set a date and put your best foot forward, anywhere, anytime between Friday 8th – Sunday 17th December.
This Christmas, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) is asking the British public to do a walk of any sort between Friday 8th – Sunday 17th December for our wounded ex-servicemen and women, those who without our support could be on the streets, without a job, isolated from their family, in debt or in prison. “This time last year I was living in the woods. Thanks to WWTW, this Christmas I am in a job and have a roof over my head”, says Richard, who served 4 years as a Trooper in the 13/18th Royal Hussars.
Andy Sloan, Events Manager at WWTW said: “Too many of our ex-military have little to look forward to this Christmas. They’ve walked in far more dangerous environments for us, so it is the least we can all do to organise a walk for them.”
Andy Sloan continues: “We want people to throw on a Santa hat, call up old friends and raise some funds so that we can support these men and women back into work, back into independence and into a place where they can look forward to and enjoy Christmas with their families.”
WWTW have a brand new site – www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com – which means that signing up to the campaign is quick and simple. Once signed up, a charity pack will arrive in the post including a branded Santa hat and reflective bag as well as everything you’ll need to plan your walk and get fundraising. Walking Home For Christmas is something that everyone can get involved in. Whether you’re able to walk 1 mile or 100 miles, every step will support our wounded ex-servicemen and women back into independence.
Richard said: “I am looking forward to spending Christmas with my godson and his family. I’ll be able to buy them presents, something I never thought possible.”
In addition to supporting these vulnerable men and women, Rod Eldridge, Clinical Lead at WWTW, reminds us that: “Walking as a form of physical activity is well known to be associated with improving mental health, particularly lowering rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.” It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have up to a 30% lower risk of depression and up to a 30% lower risk of dementia.
Some scientists think that it can improve mental wellbeing because it brings about a sense of greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge. Thus contributing another reason why WWTW are urging the great British public to get out and about this December, get active and in turn serve those who have served us.
Walking Home for Christmas
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