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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.














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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!

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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.

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March on Mental Health

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Over two thirds of Brits believe lockdown has had a negative impact on their mental health

The season of ill will. Christmas affects half of Brits mental health

• 1 in 5 cannot remember the last time they laughed

• 70% of Brits say laughter is crucial for their mental health

A recent national survey has found that poor mental health is at an all-time high due to COVID-19, with 68% of Brits stating that their mental health has been negatively impacted during the pandemic.

A further 16% of Brits admitted to feeling lonely, whilst almost a fifth of respondents (18%) noted that the biggest hit on their mental health this year was not being able to go on holiday, and 10% linked their poor mental health to being confined to their houses.

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Best Walk Ideas 2020

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Best Walk Ideas 2020

Windsor to Big Ben  - Making the most of the Christmas break, Darren and his family will be taking on a 3-day stroll along the River Thames from Windsor to Big Ben, covering 48 miles!



The School Commute - After their successful 6-mile walk to school last year, the now-9-year-old Harry is back again and this time he's planning an even bigger challenge with mum Jennifer, walking 16 miles across their hometown.











The 100 Mile Stretcher - After taking part for the last couple of years, Michael decided that walking 100 miles wasn't quite far enough for the guys and girls he trains to pursue a career in the army. This year, his team will be taking part in a 100 mile walk, walking laps of York Race Course, carrying a...

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Al Murray and James Holland launch Walking Home For Christmas with plea for best military banter

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 Comedian Al Murray and WW2 Historian James Holland have challenged the UK public to supply their best military jokes and banter to help support Walking With The Wounded’s Walking Home For Christmas campaign – to support ex-military facing mental health battles.  

The major fundraising drive is WWTW’s only fundraising event this year due to Covid-19. It challenges the general public to step out of their comfort zone and to walk somewhere important to them in support of Britain’s ex-military. Taking place from Thursday 10th to Sunday 20th December, the challenge is the perfect way to beat lockdown blues while obeying local Covid-19 restrictions. 

The pair who run the We Have Ways of Making You Talk podcast (which...

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Robert, 52, ex Royal Artillery and RAF

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 ‘WWTW meant absolutely everything. They really cared, and now I am a lot better man than I have been for years.’  

Robert enlisted in the Army and joined the Royal Artillery, serving for 8 years. 

10 years later, in 2006, Robert re-enlisted with 609 (West Riding) Squadron RAF Reserves, and was deployed to Afghanistan with 3 Squadron RAF Regiment (Regular Unit). It was a ‘full-on’ tour lasting 7 months. Robert began to experience problems adjusting to civilian life - he couldn’t sleep or cope with life and he was unable to understand why. He struggled on for five years but eventually his mental health got the better of him and he had a breakdown in March 2013.  

In 2017, after years of trying to get help, his...

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Billy, 50, ex Scots Guards

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Billy served in the Scots Guards for 6 years, suffering with PTSD from a head injury he picked up whilst on tour in Iraq.

He suffered 20 years of turbulence in his relationship and family life as a result of his undiagnosed PTSD. Finally, in 2019, Billy had an angry outburst and the police were called. By chance, the police officer who attended the scene was also a Gulf veteran and was sympathetic to Billy’s situation and he directed the couple to the WWTW. Everything was about to change.

The WWTW NCCP Care Coordinator assessed the situation and put together a plan of action. In the first instance, their Care Coordinator arranged for Billy to receive regular visits from the NHS Veteran’s Mental Health Team (TILS) and she sorted out the...

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