Friday 8th - Sunday 17th December

HERE'S THE PROBLEM


Every year approximately 15,000 skilled and capable men and women leave the Armed Forces having selflessly served on behalf of their country.

The majority transition successfully. But for a meaningful minority the departure from the structured world of the military is not easy, and they struggle. Walking With The Wounded supports these people.

You can serve those who served us by organising a walk this Christmas.

WHY DO IT?

SECURE EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR WOUNDED

Employment is a key factor in regaining independence and providing long-term security for veterans and their families. Our employment advisors find veterans who are homeless, in police custody or suffering with mental health issues and support a pathway into sustainable employment.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Your efforts will fund crucial therapy which can save jobs, relationships and lives. We work with the NHS to cut waiting times by providing one-to-one private therapy for ex servicemen and women with anxiety, depression or PTSD within an average of four days after consent.

KEEP VETERANS OUT OF CUSTODY

Ex servicemen are the largest occupational group of the adult male prison population.* Your efforts will enable us to identify veterans in police custody and support them to reintegrate into society and stay out of jail. Our re-offending rate is 7% against a national average of 17%. It works.


THE NEED

More than 150,000 British veterans who served post 1991 are likely to need our support. ** This figure excludes reservists, anyone who served pre-1991 in the Falklands, Iraq or N.Ireland and those who are socially disadvantaged by their service e.g. homeless or caught up in police custody – areas in which Walking With The Wounded provides critical support.

By organising a walk and fundraising you will directly support WWTW’s programmes to proactively reach out to the most ‘at risk’ ex servicemen and women with mental, physical or social injuries and support them to regain their independence after walking in far more dangerous environments for us.

* & ** King’s College London

DUNCAN'S STORY

Duncan joined the Army in December 1989, enlisting in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and served on operational tours in Northern Ireland, Macedonia, Kosovo and before leaving  the Army in 2001.

He struggled with his transition to civilian life and after battling with alcohol dependence and depression he was diagnosed with PTSD in 2009.

Duncan had several jobs since leaving the Army, including working for a health club, being self-employed as a Personal Trainer and working as a fishmonger, but after being made redundant in 2014 he suffered a period of work and life difficulties and found himself homeless and in financial trouble.

He was offered a place at a homeless hostel for ex-military where  he received support from a Walking With The Wounded Employment Mentor, sourcing employment opportunities and assisting with CV advice and interview practice.

Duncan is now a Sales Advisor for a local travel company and able to support his son.

He said: “I am looking forward to spending Christmas with my son as I can now afford to give him the Christmas he deserves.”

“Walking With The Wounded have helped and supported me in getting back to work. It is great to see a charity that is out there to help us, although not enough veterans are aware this [support] is available.”

“I am supporting Walking Home For Christmas because there are ex-soldiers out on the streets and this will help support them and help make their lives better”

Duncan's Story on Walking Home For Christmas

THREE KEY CHALLENGES
Your fundraising will go into the following programmes for our wounded

Mental Health

Supporting the NHS and military charity sector to bring prompt and effective mental health treatment to ex-service personnel in the community.
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Risk of Homelessness

Securing positive employment outcomes for unemployed veterans through a network of employment advisors.
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Anti-Social and Criminal Behaviour

Tailored support to ex-military caught up in anti-social behaviour and in police custody.
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WHERE YOUR DONATION GOES

77%
23%

77% Programme expenses

The delivery of charitable programmes for our wounded e.g. employment advisors, qualifications, mental health care provision, IT and evaluation

23% Fundraising and administration

Raising the next pound, IT, telephones, marketing materials, insurance, printing, stationery, bank charges, office staff etc.

Walking With The Wounded is registered as a charity in England and Wales, number 1153497 and Scotland, number SC047760


1

SIGN UP

Register to do your own walk or organise a group walk, create your JustGiving page, get your Santa hat and get planning!

2

RAISE MONEY

Call on friends, family or colleagues to donate to the cause, join you or sign up to do a walk of their own.

3

WALK

Do your walk for our wounded anytime between Friday 8 - Sunday 17 December. Good luck! #WalkingHomeForChristmas

HISTORY

Walking Home For Christmas has raised nearly half a million pounds to date to support ex military with mental, physical or social injuries to regain their independence.

The campaign was created by Walking With The Wounded, a military charity, set up in 2010 to support veterans with mental, physical or social injuries to reintegrate into society and regain their independence.

This year's campaign is kindly supported Wolsey who supplied Captain Scott, Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton with woolen underwear on their south pole expeditions and during World War I supplied more than 18 million pieces of clothing to the British and Allied troops.

Thanks to your efforts and the support of our partners, such as Wolsey and those listed below, we hope this will be a record breaking year for the campaign and support wounded ex-servicemen and women as a direct result.


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