This Christmas, hundreds of Veterans and their families will be struggling. Help for Heroes and Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) are joining forces this winter to give them the support they need.
Earlier this year, the HRH Duke of Sussex announced that the support for the Armed Forces and Veteran Communities would only get better through greater collaboration within the military sector.
The two charities, who have been working together since 2012, are now honouring Prince Harry’s vision further. Walking Home for Christmas is a joint fundraising campaign that will take place to raise money that will pay for vital support for Veterans at risk. This includes those who are unemployed or struggling with their mental health.
Matalan has been announced as the headline sponsor of the fun walking challenge and overall campaign. Walking Home for Christmas hopes to encourage the nation to lace up their boots and organise a walk in their community to raise money. Matalan has over 200 stores nationwide and is a huge part of helping to inspire the nation. With a loyal customer base who are active supporters of our nation’s wounded Veterans, this partnership is a great fit for both Matalan and the charities.
Participants can register for the walk online for free. Upon registration will receive a free fundraising pack and Santa hat in the post. Between 13 – 23 December, registered friends and colleagues will walk the walk of their choice, wearing their Santa hat to raise awareness and money for those who have served.
The campaign is now in its fifth year and has so far raised more than £1m for those who served and are in need of support. The longest walk to date was by a grandmother in Suffolk walking 400 miles to visit a family member in Northern Ireland in honour of her serving grandson. Other walks have included people carrying their Christmas tree home, collecting a turkey from a farm on foot and getting old regimental colleagues back together for a walk.