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'Walting' Home For Christmas

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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.”

Craig's 56 mile yomp for Walking Home For Christmas!

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An Army Veteran of 33 years, Craig Roxby is very familiar with the challenges the Armed Forces face and wants to give something back this Christmas by supporting Walking With The Wounded.

On the 16 December 2021 he'll depart Blackburn along the Leeds Liverpool Canal to Appletreewick (N Yorkshire); a total distance of 56 miles. He plans to complete this in 36hrs, walking 2 large legs and concluding with a 14 mile leg on day 3 and has kindly said that anyone who wishes to join him on his walk is very welcome!

You can see what Craig is upto and support him here: 

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Mark Harding keeps on stepping up for WWTW

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Mark has done some epic challenges in his bid to honour the Armed Forces and support those who need our help and this year he's conquered the Cumbrian Challenge and has now turned his attention to Walking Home For Christmas! Mark and a team of 6 soldiers From 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment are walking from Wigton to Penrith then down the A6 back in to Carlisle to raise money for Walking with the Wounded. They're starting the challenge at midnight on Friday 11th December and aiming to walk 39.2 miles, a phenomenal achievement. Support him here: 

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Cygnet Health Step Out For Walking Home!

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Back by popular demand...

Cygnet Health has been a fabulous supporter of Walking Home For The Christmas in the past and after a years' break, Operations Director Barry Swire and CEO Tony Romero are back for more in 2021! Coordinating walks across the UK, Cygnet was also famous in 2019 for their walk from London down to Portsmouth. This year they're tying in Walking With The Wounded directly, with Barry and Tony going from our office in Manchester to their site in Bury and are keeping their fingers and toes crossed for good weather! Support them here:  

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