Read the latest updates from Walking With The Wounded's 'Walking Home For Christmas' campaign

March on Mental Health

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Over two thirds of Brits believe lockdown has had a negative impact on their mental health

The season of ill will. Christmas affects half of Brits mental health

• 1 in 5 cannot remember the last time they laughed

• 70% of Brits say laughter is crucial for their mental health

A recent national survey has found that poor mental health is at an all-time high due to COVID-19, with 68% of Brits stating that their mental health has been negatively impacted during the pandemic.

A further 16% of Brits admitted to feeling lonely, whilst almost a fifth of respondents (18%) noted that the biggest hit on their mental health this year was not being able to go on holiday, and 10% linked their poor mental health to being confined to their houses.

With everyone having a tough year, the uncertainty around Christmas has also played a role in adding to poor mental health across the country, according to the research conducted by leading military charity Walking With The Wounded for their Walking Home For Christmas 2020 campaign raising funds for ex-military already in need of support who are now facing a new battlefield in the form of covid-19. Nearly half of Brits (48%) are worried that they won’t be able to spend Christmas with family and friends, with another 15% concerned that they won’t be able to afford Christmas presents this year.

Taking some time for self-care, Brits are trying to combat these mental health worries and are looking at ways to remain positive. Over a quarter (29%) have admitted that they go out for a daily walk or jog, with 55% of men finding walking has kept them feeling positive compared to 45% of women. Furthermore, nearly three quarters (70%) of Brits think laughter and having a joke is beneficial for their mental health, with just under a quarter (24%) having a good laugh within the last week. However, not everyone has found a reason to smile, as sadly 16% of Brits admit that they cannot remember the last time they had a good laugh.

When Brits are up for a laugh, 50% of respondents turn to the TV for their favourite comedy show, whilst 42% of 18-24 year old’s get their laughs from apps like TikTok, compared to 50% of 45-54 year old’s who prefer to share banter with a family member.

James Holland, Author, broadcaster & ‘We have ways of making you talk’ podcast co-host says - “ While many of us admit to speaking with family members to help with mental health throughout lockdown, we need to spare a thought for those without family this Christmas and those suffering with loneliness. Today, Walking With The Wounded launches their annual Christmas fundraiser Walking Home For Christmas, in order to help our ex-military who are in need of support and especially during this lonely time. We know that talking and daily exercise help to tackle our mental health issues, but humour and camaraderie is also a great way to battle the stresses caused by Covid-19. This is a time like no other to pull together and help to pick up those in need.

The Walking Home For Christmas campaign is Walking With The Wounded’s only fundraising drive this year, raising money to support ex-military facing mental health battles. Challenging the general public to step out of their comfort zone and to walk somewhere important to them in support of Britain’s ex-military. Taking place from Thursday 10th to Sunday 20th December, the challenge is the perfect way to beat lockdown blues while obeying local Covid-19 restrictions."

This year the campaign is supported by stars of the ‘We Have Ways’ podcast, Comedian Al Murray and Historian and Author James Holland. The pair have challenged the British public to send in their best military jokes and banter. They will read out the best ones as they start their Walking Home For Christmas walk, and some will be included in an up-coming episode of the ‘We Have Ways’ Podcast. Check out the video below and leave your best military jokes and banter in the comment section for a chance to have yours read out by Al and James.

Signing up for Walking Home For Christmas is easy and free – just log on to and register for your fundraising pack.

Walking Home For Christmas 2023 - And that's a wrap!

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We'd like to thank everyone who signed-up to our 2023 Walking Home For Christmas event.

Over the course of December, supporters of Walking With The Wounded across the nation have donned their walking boots and Santa hats, stepping out to show their solidarity with veterans and their families during this festive season.

This year, we witnessed remarkable challenges undertaken by our supporters. Glenn covered an impressive 160 miles from Manchester to Lockerbie, WWTW team member Steve walked from Manchester to Blackpool within 24 hours, Matthew conquered the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, 13 Company South West London Army Cadet Force marched 14 miles across London, Lee journeyed from the Shetland Islands home to Aberdeenshire, and the...

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WWTW Manchester team walking to raise funds

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A team of our staff and local supporters will be walking from Canada Street in Manchester to The Cenotaph in St Peter’s Square on 8th December to raise funds for those who served.

Commenting on the Walking Home For Christmas challenge, Tom Knight, WWTW North West Regional Manager said, “Every year, the dedicated staff at Walking With The Wounded take part in our Walking Home For Christmas challenge. This year, our Manchester team will walk to the Cenotaph as a way of paying our respects to those who have served.

While the festive season brings joy to many, it can be a challenging time for some. Walking Home For Christmas provides a chance for colleagues, friends, and supporters to come together, embrace the fresh air, and collectively...

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Sally Orange MBE Takes the Helm as Walking Home For Christmas Ambassador

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Major (Retired) Sally Orange MBE, a distinguished Veteran, multiple World Record Holder and Armed Forces Champion, has been proudly unveiled as the Ambassador for Walking With The Wounded's (WWTW) Walking Home For Christmas campaign.

Now entering its 10th year, "Walking Home For Christmas" stands as Walking With The Wounded's annual festive fundraising initiative. Over the past decade, this campaign has collectively raised nearly 2 million to bolster veterans and their families through programs encompassing mental health support, employment opportunities, and care coordination services.

Sally Orange commenced her military journey in 1998 as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, where she served as a physiotherapist for 22 years. Her...

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