This December, why not carry your Christmas tree home, hand deliver Christmas cards or ditch your car and challenge yourself to walk home from work with a friend while raising money for a fantastic cause? The charity Walking with the Wounded is encouraging people across the UK to pull on their walking boots and Santa hats this Christmas in support of homeless and other vulnerable veterans.
Last year more than 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. There were some amazing stories, including a Cheshire father and son who ‘stretchered’ their Christmas tree 10 miles home and a Suffolk super–granny walked 400 miles to relatives in Belfast!
The campaign saw more than 5,000 miles walked and raised enough to support more than 250 vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and regain their independence.
In partnership with Virgin Money Giving, Walking With The Wounded is inviting people to join in again. It’s just £10, the charity send you a branded Santa hat and hi vis vest and you grab your friends and plan a walk anytime between 1st – 26th December, of any distance challenging for you.
This year walkers can also sign up as ‘Captains’ and lead a public walk to encourage more people to take part.
Walking With The Wounded events manager Andy Sloan said:
“We’ve been bowled over by the creativity and ambition of participants taking part and clearly having a lot of fun in their Santa hats. It’s a great way to have an adventure with friends or get to know colleagues better by wrapping up warm and walking together to a destination, preferably featuring hot food or a sociable drink on the way. All while supporting vulnerable veterans who have little to look forward to this Christmas.”
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 wwtw.org.uk/Christmas
- Get your pack and Santa hat, 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
- Share your story on Social Media using #WalkingHomeForChristmas
Need ideas for your walk?
- The Long Haul – Go large and surprise yourself and a relative
- The workplace challenge – why not try walking as a Teambuilding or client engaging exercise?
- 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, Christmas cards or carry a Christmas tree home
- The Train-ing Plan – Get off the train a stop early; great if you live too far to walk the whole way home!
- The (long) dog walk – Take the lead and have an adventure