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Walking Home For Christmas Survey Results In

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Have we lost our love of lockdown walking?

Fewer than 1 in 3 of us walk everyday in winter

A new survey finds that fewer than 1 in 3 (29%) of the UK adult population walk every day in winter – and astonishingly 10% never go for a walk. The research, from Walking Home For Christmas, the annual Christmas fundraising campaign run by military veteran support charity, Walking With The Wounded, also found that 84% of us watch TV at Christmas, compared to 63% who go for that traditional walk after dinner.

But when it comes to improving health and wellbeing, 68% would consider trying to go on a regular walk - compared to 1 in 10 (11%) interested in group fitness classes and 1 in 5 (22%) who would think about joining a gym.

Walking really is the most accessible form of exercise for those who are able to, and has become a regular part of many people’s lives, spurred on by it being one of the only activities we were able to do during lockdown. Never before had ‘going for a walk’ become such an activity.

But it seems from this new research that the regularity and desire to walk has waned. Walking Home For Christmas is hoping to reignite that passion.

This winter, thousands of people will be Walking Home For Christmas in support of armed forces veterans across the country. The campaign, which runs from 9 to 20 December, is Walking With The Wounded’s annual nationwide fundraising walking challenge to support its work across mental health, employment, volunteering and care coordination.

Whether it’s a short walk a day, a commitment to walk 26 miles over the 12 days, or joining one of the organised walks in London, Newcastle and Manchester on 9 December, there are so many ways to take part. Some choose to walk alone, others get together with friends and family – all do it to raise money for veterans.

Beth Kirkby, Walking Home For Christmas participant says: “As a dyed in the wool Cumbrian walking has always been a big part of my life, something I almost took for granted. As time has passed I've come to recognise the immense benefits that a walk in nature offers both physically and mentally, and that’s why im so keen to take part in Walking Home For Christmas. Whether it’s a walk in the hills or along the shoreline the positive feelings from the buffeting of the wind, listening to the waves as they reach the shore and hearing the call of birds are immense. Feeling strong, fit and healthy, reconnected with nature is an absolute tonic and if the walk is shared with friends then the pleasure is doubled. Throw in the good that the walk and our fundraising will do with veterans and their families and it’s a no-brainer to get involved.”

And some do outstanding feats of mental and physical endurance. Andy, a former military police officer, will be walking 350 kilometres from the Cenotaph in London to Manchester Cenotaph. He aims to complete this extraordinary challenge in just five days, leaving London on 5 December and arriving in Manchester on 9 December.

Andy says: “I didn’t want to just pay lip service to mental health. I wanted to do something that demonstrates just how important I think it is. Leaving the forces and adjusting to civilian can be hard, and many former military personnel struggle with mental health and readjustment. We need to support those who are finding it tough, and I’m pleased to be doing my bit to raise funds and awareness to do so.”

Adventurous ambassador Levison Wood is a world-renowned explorer, writer & photographer and spent a number of years as a Regular Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, where he served in Afghanistan fighting against Taliban insurgents in Helmand and Kandahar. His military services has seen him deploy on operations and exercises on five continents.

He says to anyone considering the challenge: “Just do it! It doesn’t need to be a huge journey. Even going on a short walk can be hugely beneficial to your mental wellbeing. Remember to look around you while you’re walking, take notice of the small things and try to be present in the moment. You might find that you see place that you normally zip past in a car in a whole new way. Whatever your walking challenge is, I promise you that you will feel great for it.”

An estimated 5 million veterans live in the UK. While most of the 15,000+ personnel who leave the forces each year have a successful transition to civilian life, a small but significant minority do not. Walking With The Wounded supports those who served, and their families, to thrive.

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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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