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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.

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Be inspired by Shaun's story

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Hear from Shaun, as he shares his story of how he worked with WWTW to turn his life around and how he now invites all of us to help reignite another veteran's sense of purpose this Christmas.


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Carly’s story

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Carly joined the Army in June 2012.  When the initial 14-16 weeks of basic training commenced Carly immediately began to experience symptoms of anxiety, feeling panicky.  When the PT session came round Carly recollects standing in the ablutions in floods of tears brought on by the mere thought of the obstacle course. Eventually Carly was discharged from the Army in September 2013, just 15 months after joining. In 2015 Carly suffered a breakdown and sought treatment through her GP. In August 2017 Carly met with an Employment Adviser from Walking With The Wounded who Carly refers to as "brilliant from day one". After initial successes, In January 2018 Carly began to once again experience feelings of anxiety and self-doubt and...

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Paul's story

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Paul served for 23 years in the RAF, mainly in the Bomb Disposal Unit, but his job exposed him to prolonged danger and repeated traumatic events, and his mental health suffered as a result. During Paul’s first tour abroad, he started to experience panic attacks and he was sent back to the UK with suspected Acute Stress Reaction. As a committed team member, he felt guilty and ashamed that he had left his colleagues and he asked to be sent back to Iraq to re-join his unit. The second and third tours followed and Paul was exposed to further trauma and started to suffer from anxiety and depression and to experience intense and disturbing flashbacks. To try to hide the symptoms of PTSD and to manage his mental health, Paul self-medicated with...

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Martin and Kerry's story

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Martin was 17 when he joined the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in 2001 and was deployed to Iraq in 2003. One fateful encounter with a group of looters in Basra turned to tragedy when a young Iraqi man lost his life. Martin was the focus of a lot of publicity during a court case, and

the stress on him and his family was enormous. Not only did his mental health suffer but also his home life and he was compelled to stay away from home. Martin was unreservedly cleared of all the charges against him but by this time his military career was over. In the years that followed, Martin started to suffer from depression, anxiety and PTSD & he would use alcohol and drugs to ‘manage’ his symptoms. His mental health continued to deteriorate and...

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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: https://www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com/users/craig-roxby 

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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: https://www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com/users/mark-harding 

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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: https://www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com/teams/cygnet-health  

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Afghanistan Veteran Matthew undertakes 24 Marathon!

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Local veteran, Matthew, based in Wiltshire, will be taking on the challenge of walking for 24 hours to raise money for ex-military and their families as part of Walking With The Wounded’s Christmas campaign, Walking Home For Christmas. On December 16th, Matthew will take on the momentous challenge, supported by Damon Saddler the Personal Development Manager, and will be joined for parts of the route by residents and other staff from Entrain Space which offers supported accommodation to ex-military, helping them transition into civilian life.

Commenting on the challenge, Matthew said, “I joined the Army in 2009 and really enjoyed my Army career. I was deployed to Afghanistan twice and everything seemed fine until I returned to the UK in...

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