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'Walting' Home For Christmas

By Walking With The Wounded on

On December 18th, a team of 11 veterans and currently serving servicemen, will take on a phenomenal challenge as they walk 45.7 miles from Chesterfield to the Cenotaph in Manchester, carrying 45.7lbs (the equivalent of carrying a Men’s Olympic barbell) to commemorate the 457 Armed Forces personnel who died in Afghanistan.

James Holt, the team leader, served in Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Estonia. He is currently serving as a Reservist and recently supported Op Rescript, the Armed Forces support for the Covid-19 pandemic. He commented, “I have volunteered for WWTW a few times and think it is important that our veteran brothers and sisters get the support they need, you’re only a soldier for so long, but you are a veteran forever.

I am embarking on the Walking Home For Christmas endeavour in memory of all those who lost their lives in Afghanistan, namely my friend Jay who was an incredible soldier and a terrible dancer.”

Scott Briggs, who works at WWTW managing OP-REGEN, our volunteering programme, will also walk as part of the team. Scott joined the Armed Forces and now serves as a Reservist. He said, “As a representative of WWTW, I witness the life-changing service that WWTW provides to our Armed Forces community. Having grown up in a military family and as a currently serving Reservist, I am passionate about supporting those who served.

Walking Home For Christmas is particularly poignant to me as these funds directly contribute towards WWTW’s mental health programme that provides life-changing support to those that have landed on hard times. This year marks the first anniversary of my uncle’s death. He sadly took his own life last year due to the challenges he faced with his mental health – I hope that our challenge helps to prevent more deaths like this from taking place.”