Walking home for Christmas
PUBLISHED: 05:53 22 December 2014
Go the extra mile this Christmas, get your walking boots on and fund vital services for former servicemen and women who don't have a house to walk home to.
Go the extra mile this Christmas, get your walking boots on and fund vital services for former servicemen and women who don’t have a house to walk home to.
The ‘Walking Home for Christmas’ campaign has been launched by Norfolk based charity Walking with the Wounded to raise money to help homeless veterans across the UK and set them on the road to a new life.
The charity is calling on people to break from their usual routine and instead of driving or catching a bus or train home from work – walking instead.
In return for a registration fee of £15, you will receive a branded bib to wear and fundraising information.
The walk can be as challenging or straightforward as you want to make it – the only rule is that you have to do it between December 15 and 26 and be home safe in time for Christmas.
Walking with the Wounded, which is based at Stody Hall Barns near Melton Constable, was set up by former army man Ed Parker and his old military friend Simon Daglish
The aim was to raise money for specialist education and training programmes for injured ex-serviceman to help their career transition from the military to civilian life. More than 16,000 servicemen and women have been injured during conflicts spanning the past decade and the aim of the charity is to provide support after their initial care and rehabilitation.
The charity has already helped countless veterans and its expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic have attracted attention around the world, with Prince Harry joining the injured ex-serviceman for the gruelling treks.
Andrew Cook, the charity’s head of fundraising, says “Our servicemen and women have endured far worse conditions and environments than we can imagine. We are asking the public to give something back. We want people to earn your Christmas Turkey this year. For a mere £15 entry fee you can not only contribute much needed pounds to this great cause, but you can also burn them off as well.”
The latest campaign will help fund the charity’s Make it Work programme which assists wounded, injured and sick veterans who have become homeless. The programme helps them move into long term employment and become independent within a supported environment.
Invictus Games captain and gold medal winner Dave Henson is an ambassador for the Christmas campaign.
“As a wounded veteran the challenges faced can seem unsurpassable,” he says. “As a homeless, wounded veteran, the challenges must seem impossible. Initiatives like this play a crucial role in raising the funds required to support veterans back into the work place.”
To sign up visit www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk.