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One of our counsellors is ‘walking the walk’ in April to help raise funds for the Charity.

Isobel Thompson, 57, from Swindon, has worked in our Hidden Wounds team for two-and-a-half years, and will walk the 96-mile West Highland Way as part of her sister Ruth’s 60th-birthday challenge, starting on 11 April.

Thompson explained: “We used to go on a lot of long walks together when we were teenagers and this is a little bit like reliving that, a bit like a second youth: except she has dodgy knees and I have dicky hips!

“We’ve previously walked the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall and the 87-mile Ridgeway – from Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring, in Buckinghamshire to Avebury, Wiltshire – but this is just a little bit longer … and we’re a little bit older. We had planned on doing it last year, but we had to postpone it because of Covid.

“Fittingly, the final stretch of the walk is on the Military Way, which is appropriate given I’m raising funds for Help for Heroes.”

Isobel and her sister
Isobel and her sister

The West Highland Way walking route runs from Milngavie, north of Glasgow, to Fort William, in the Scottish Highlands, taking in a huge variety of scenery along the way, from countryside parks to loch shores, and open moorlands to steep mountains.

Thompson, whose husband, Keith, is a RAF veteran, added: “It’s well documented that spending time out in green spaces is beneficial for one’s psychological health and I often say this to people. I’ve talked the talk, and now I’m ‘walking the walk’ … literally.

“The current news headlines just remind us again how much we owe our veterans and how we need to support those who are wounded, injured or sick. I’m hoping that pushing myself to do this will encourage people to support the charity via my Just Giving page, at a time when current events may be triggering for our own veterans.”

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