WALKING With The Wounded has set up an event to raise money for ex-servicemen and women who don’t have a home to walk to this Christmas.
The event that is taking place between December 12-26 will see people across the UK ditching their usual commute of buses and cars to ‘Walk home for Christmas’ to fund the re-train and re-educate both veterans and those leaving the armed forces.
WWTW co-founder Edward Parker said: “Walking gives people time to think properly, it is one of the few things we all do at a slow gentle pace. It allows participants to consider why they are doing it and hopefully they are feel like they are making a difference.”
The streets of Manchester saw Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton and rugby player Keegan Hirst among others #WalkHomeForChristmas from the Town Hall to Canada Street, where the charity have recently worked along side BBC’s DIY SOS to transform derelict housing into a village for Army veterans.
North West regional team leader for WWTW, 44-year-old Gary Lamb said: “The response from people across the North West has been brilliant, and the support we have received from residents, businesses and individuals has been second to none.
“Lots of people in Manchester are aware of the issue around homelessness, but there are many who don’t know how to help someone who is homeless, what people are good at in Manchester is supporting organisations who do.”
People all around the North West are getting involved to #SupportTheWalk.
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47-year-old Steve Hughes, from Cheshire walked 10 miles with his brother Simon and sons Ash, 18 and Brad, 20 with a six foot Christmas tree. Steve said: “I’ve heard about previous expeditions the charity have done so when I heard about the Christmas campaign I decided to go for it.”
Edward continued to say: “Many people have a degree of sympathy and realize how lucky they are this time of year. Being surrounded by loved ones is something we take for granted, while there are some struggling to survive another day.”
Up and down the country celebrities have been getting involved and supporting the charity.
We’re thrilled to announce that @thexfactor is supporting #WalkingHomeForChristmas! Here’s a great shot of #WalkOfBritain team members Alec and Stewart with WWTW beneficiary Pat and the judges! @nicholasgrimshaw @ritaora @cherylofficial & Simon Cowell! #XFactor #SimonCowell #Cheryl #RitaOra #nickgrimshaw #
Everybody loves a bit of healthy competition so to add some some to the event there will be titles given out for, best fancy dress, biggest group, biggest fundraiser and furthest walk which is currently 400 miles.
For your chance to get your hands on one of these titles and embark on an adventure for a great cause, sign up by simply visiting http://tinyurl.com/walkinghomeforchristmas.
By Morgan Jay
All photo credits walkingwiththewounded.org.uk