Charity walk to support ex service people transition into civilian life

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The “Leek Staffordshire Walkers” are walking 10.5 miles from Wetton Mill to their hometown of Leek along the southern Peak District as part of Walking With The Wounded’s national campaign Walking Home For Christmas to support ex-servicemen and women who are alone this Christmas.

Team captain Simon Bell served in the Royal Engineers for 26 years. Since leaving in 2016 he has transitioned across to the Army Reserve where he works with 159 Regiment RLC. Simon said: “All the team members helped me with my transition to civilian life over the last 36 months and have seen first-hand that our service men and women do a great job. If an opportunity arises to give back, they will jump at it!” Together, the team of seven hope to raise £2000.

Their walk will take place on Sunday 22 December. You can donate or find out how to do your own walk via: walkinghomeforchristmas.com/leek-staffordshire-walkers.

Ed Parker, CEO of Walking With The Wounded said: “Every walk, big or small, can make a difference. It’s about creating a story that resonates with you and your network and sparks donations. That’s what is so special, and fun about the campaign. People carry home Christmas trees, walk their age, write virtual messages with their walk on Strava and all have a memorable time doing good. What better time to give something back to those who have given so much?”

The campaign invites anyone to register for free, receive a branded Santa hat and do a sponsored walk home or somewhere important to them anytime between 12 -22 December.

The event is aiming to support 400 ex-servicemen and women who are socially isolated, struggling with their mental health, homeless or caught in police custody – and get them back into employment and independence.

Signing up for Walking Home for Christmas is easy and free – just log on to www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com.