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Military charities join forces to give hope to Veterans this Christmas

Military charities join forces to give hope to Veterans this Christmas

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08 Nov, 2018

Leading military charities Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) and Help for Heroes are joining forces this winter to support hundreds more Veterans and their families who will be struggling this Christmas.

Earlier this year HRH the Duke of Sussex announced that more collaboration was needed within the military sector to provide better support for the Armed Forces and Veteran communities. WWTW and Help for Heroes, which have been working together delivering recovery programmes since 2012, are honouring Prince Harry’s vision by collaborating even further via a joint fundraising campaign, Walking Home for Christmas, to pay for vital support for Veterans at risk, including those who are unemployed or struggling with their mental health. 

British fashion and homeware retailer Matalan was announced as the headline sponsor of the fun walking challenge and hopes to encourage the nation to lace up their boots and organise a fundraising walk in their community. With more than 200 stores nationwide and a loyal customer base who are also active supporters of our nation’s wounded veterans, the partnership is a natural fit for Matalan’s customers.

Get involved!

Participants can register for the walk online free of charge and, upon registration, will receive a Santa hat in the post. Between 13 and 23 December, registered friends and colleagues will walk the walk of their choice, wearing the hats, to raise awareness and money for those who served. To find out more and sign up for your free fundraising kit, visit www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com

The campaign is now in its fifth year and has so far raised more than £1 million for those who served and are in need of support. The longest walk to date was by a grandmother in Suffolk, who walked 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.

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