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Mark

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‘I wish more people would reach out. It’s hard to ask for help but if you do then the help is there. My WWTW Employment Advisor, Chris, did so much more than just support me into work. His own experiences with mental health helped me to get a grip on my issues and guide me to where I am now.’

Mark joined the Army when he needed a job and the opportunities where he lived were in short supply. He knew that he wanted a decent career, and the military seemed a good choice. Initially, Mark joined the Parachute Regiment and completed 12 months of hard training. Disaster struck when he seriously injured his ankle, and he was unable to complete his essential parachute jumps.

As a keen soldier, Mark was determined to continue his military career....

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Shaun

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Shaun was 19 when he joined the Grenadier Guards in 2008. He was twice-deployed to Afghanistan and during both tours he experienced significant, traumatic events. The physical demands of military life also took their toll – he had a knee replacement and started to suffer pain in his ankle which over time became chronic and eventually he handed in his resignation papers.

‘When I first left the army I felt lost and alone, I had no support network, friends or colleagues and I became totally isolated. After starting my own business and becoming a father in 2016, I really went downhill.’

Shaun returned to civilian life and started to work very long hours. He began to suffer continuous disturbed sleep which drained every little bit of energy...

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Matt

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Initially referred for a mental health assessment, Matt was diagnosed with PTSD and received therapy. His job was identified as part of the problem and he was advised to start a new career. Dan worked to restore Matt’s confidence and helped guide him through the job market. Matt will start a new role shortly and is feeling positive about the future.

‘The support and advice that WWTW provided, turned my life around. I still have my down days and I feel challenged every so often, but these are becoming fewer. I am a better person to be with and I feel my family love me more than ever and in turn I feel I have the right to love them back. I feel I am the father I want to be to my young children. I am so grateful. Thank you.’

Matt was 17 when...

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Army Cadets Force - Marching on Mental Health

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This year the Army Cadets Force have taken the leaderboard by storm, raising a whopping 44,160 so far...


73 ACF teams from up and down the country have donned their Santa Hats to help support ex-military and their families this Christmas.  Leading the way for ACF is Beds & Herts County, having raised a total of 4,099.91 and counting!


On Saturday 5th December Niquita Potter, from Devon ACF completed an incredible 14.1 miles from Haytor on Dartmoor to the war memorial in Newton Abbot. She got cold, she got wet and it was dark by the end - but she made it. 


Niquita absolutely smashed her target raising over 1000. Thank you! 


Niquita said: 'I am a proud member of Devon ACF and have been for over 5 years. This means a lot...

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Walks of the week 2.0

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As Walking Home For Christmas comes to a close this weekend, we're taking a look at some of the walks of the week... 


Team Bimble, comprising of military and civilians are virtually walking the length of The Maginot Line, a line of fortifications built in the 1930s to fend off the threat of a German invasion. The team will be covering a whopping 280 miles between them. 












The team, Be Your Own Hero completed did a 13km walk over Bleaklow in the Peak District during rain, sleet and 100mph winds. Managing to raise over 1600 for Walking with the Wounded.











The group, Plymouth Veterans walked from Plymouth to Dartmoor and back. Covering 22 miles as a group and raising over 2k.










Institute of Supply Chain Management walked two routes,...

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WWTW - We get locked down but we get up again

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This year the WWTW Staff are donning their Santa Hats and facemasks and are getting involved in their own challenges across the country on 10th December...


WWTW Employment Advisor, Lynsey Cordiner will be walking 14 miles from the war memorial in Newcastle City Centre to Whitley Bay Cenotaph, accompanied by her dad and Max the cockerspaniel.

















Anna Tydeman, HR Business partner, will be doing a 'walk down memory lane', with her partner Stuart and their pup Leia. They will be walking from their current home to the childhood homes, a 12 mile round trip in total. Anna is a team member of Team 200,000 a collaborative effort from our HR, Finance, and Head Start team, joining forces to support those who have served.














Positive Pathways Project...

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Walks of the Week

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Walking Home For Christmas officially kicks off this Thursday, but many of you have already completed or are currently doing their walks....


Wayne Mysiuk, is currently walking the entire 268 miles of the Pennines Way in 14 days, accompanied by Coco the labrador, (see right). 












Over the weekend, Duane Watkinson, (4th December 2020), and his friend Andrew Simms,walked back home for Christmas from Swinton Barracks, Tidworth, to shippon in Abingdon. cover a distance of 43 miles in 13 hrs.













Army Cadet - Niquita Potter, from Devon Army Cadet Force took on a walk in her local area over the weekend to help raise funds for those who have served. Thank you Niquita! 




























WWTW Employment Advisor, Alex Todino took a walk with five veteran to...

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Businesses on Board: Lockdown edition

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Get your business on board to support ex-servicemen and women and be part of the fight against the covid-19 mental health crisis, all while engaging staff and clients in a light-hearted challenge and boosting their wellbeing in a difficult winter. Here are some examples of businesses are taking part in 2020.

A VARIETY OF CHALLENGES: Shard Capital are taking on a number of challenges across the business. Some staff are walking from Fulham Football Ground to Shard Capital’s HQ at 20 Fenchurch Street (22km) before climbing the stairs to their office on the 23rd floor! Others are trying to achieve 20km per day for 20 days (in relay teams of 2, 3 or 4), and some are even collectively attempting to virtually cycle to the North Pole!

12 MILES OF...

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How you can help this Christmas

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Thinking about getting involved in Walking Home For Christmas?

We sat down with long-time supporter, Maria Fisher, to find out why she takes part in WHFC every year.

Watch below

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