On December 18th, a team of veterans including David Kirton who is based in Durham, will take on Skiddaw, the UK’s 6th highest mountain to raise funds for Walking With The Wounded’s (‘WWTW’) Walking Home For Christmas campaign.
This year, the campaign is raising funds to ensure that no veteran is left behind from lockdown.
Commenting on his Walking Home For Christmas challenge, David said, “I decided to take on Walking With The Wounded’s Walking Home For Christmas challenge to support fellow veterans who need mental health support. I am all too aware of the issues that face some veterans when they leave the Armed Forces and I want to do my bit this Christmas.”
Walking Home for Christmas is an annual fundraising campaign for Walking With The Wounded, a charity that provides mental health, employment, care coordination and volunteering opportunities for vulnerable veterans. The campaign encourages anyone from any walk of life to register and fundraise by undertaking a walk to support veterans that need it.
This year, Walking Home For Christmas is raising money to ensure that no-one is left behind from the lockdowns. The campaign will focus on supporting veterans and their family members who have been affected by the mental health epidemic that has engulfed the country during the pandemic.
New research commissioned by Walking With The Wounded to support Walking Home For Christmas, found that Brits are still suffering an impact on their mental health caused by lockdowns enforced during the pandemic. 4 in 5 of those surveyed said that they still suffer from the effects on their mental health.
Walkers from previous years have dedicated their walks to loved ones who have been in or have fallen serving our country, have walked to a war memorial, run errands for friends and family or supported their local community.