This December will see people across the UK pulling on their walking boots and Santa hats to have an adventure on their doorsteps, be it 1 mile or 100 in support of homeless and other vulnerable veterans.
They will be challenging colleagues and friends to walk to Christmas parties, sporting fixtures, carol concerts or simply dodge the usual travel disruption by walking home – all for an amazing cause.
Last year over 2,000 people across the UK signed up to Walking With The Wounded’s Christmas campaign Walking Home For Christmas in a bid to have fun, get fit, and raise crucial funds to support veterans with physical, mental or social injuries.
The campaign raised more than £240,000 and over 5,000 miles were walked – supporting more than 250 vulnerable veterans re-integrate back into society and regain their independence.
Now, for the fourth year running, Walking With The Wounded is inviting people to dodge the traffic, ditch the train, car or bus and do their own walk anytime between 1st – 26th December and this year walkers can also sign up as ‘Captains’ and lead a public walk to encourage more people to take part.
WWTW Director of Fundraising Andrew Cook said: “Many of our ex-military personnel face a Christmas and New Year without much sparkle. We are so grateful to the huge numbers of you who accept our challenge to stride out on their behalf before Christmas, in a determined bid to help us put the twinkle back into their and their families’ eyes.”
Walking With The Wounded supports veterans with physical, mental or social injuries on their journey to long term security independence and employment.
How To Enter:
- Sign up for £10 + postage at walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/
- Get your Santa hat and pack, plan your walk and tell your friends
- Walk as far as is challenging for you, 1 mile or 100
- Any time from 1st – 26th December
Need ideas for your walk?
- The Long Haul – Go large and surprise yourself and a relative
- The workplace challenge – Teambuilding or client engaging!
- School’s out – Walk home from school or uni with parents or friends
- The Team Outing – Walk to a pub for dinner
- The Ingenious Idea – Hand deliver a present or carry a Christmas tree home
- The Train-ing Plan – Get off the train a stop early
- The (long) dog walk – Take the lead and have an adventure