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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 stretcher...

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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 discusses all things Second...

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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 need for support was finally...

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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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Matt, 53, ex Army, Royal Hampshire Regt

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Every penny you raise for Walking Home For Christmas will support people like Matt..


‘As an alcoholic, I’d taken things right to the edge and I needed to rebuild my life in gradual steps. The help I received from WWTW was incredible. My WWTW Advisor, Alex, was always there for me - She listened, she did lots of work on my behalf and then she pointed me in the right direction. She got it spot on and I cannot thank her enough for that.’

Matt joined the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1983 at the age of 16. After 5 years’ service, Matt decided to leave the army to pursue a career outside of the military.

Unfortunately, it was during this period that Matt began to drink. At first it was social drinking – the odd pint after work and at the...

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Top WHFC stories from 2019 to inspire you...

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We value every one of our fundraisers.THANK YOU for all of your fundraising, you have helped to support 160+ veterans. Take a look at some of our favourite stories from Walking Home For Christmas this year:


Getting the kids involved...

7 year old Myiah walked 1 mile home from school everyday from the 1st Nov until the end of term, raising just over 380. She even got the opportunity to walk laps of the pitch at Rangers FC (her favourite team).


Jen Cowley and her son Harry walked 6 milesto school, setting off at a 5.15am to make it in time for his first lesson of the day, raising a grand total of 926.25.


The challenge seekers...

Graham Mckenna ran 50 miles home from Corsham back to Bridgwater, raising just over 1,000, his run for Walking Home...

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Military Walks to Rally Your Regiment

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Get your Regiment involved and check out some of what our current and former servicemen and women are up to this Christmas:

PARACHUTE REGIMENT:Jamie, who served in the TA's in the Parachute Regiment, will be walking the length of the Circle Line in London carrying a 70lb bergen. A total of 17 miles.

ROYAL ENGINEERS: On Sunday 22nd Dec. Ex-Royal Engineers serviceman, Simon Bell, and his team will be walking 10.5 miles across the Peak District from Wetton Mill to their home Town of Leek in Staffordshire.

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT: Currently serving in the Household Cavalry Regiment, Craig will be walking a mile with 450 friends, family, colleagues and supporters.

DAVE OWEN: Dave, who took part last year, challenged himself again his year,...

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