Walking With The Wounded’s Christmas campaign has returned for a fourth year, and everyone, whether two- or four-legged, is welcome to take part.

Between 1st – 26th December ditch your usual mode of transport, put on your walking boots and Santa hat and sign up to a walk to support 250 vulnerable veterans across the UK. The walk can be between one or 100 miles and you can bring your dog along for the fun too! It could be a walk to the Christmas party, carol concert or simply to dodge traffic to or from work or school. This year walkers can also sign up as ‘Captains’ and lead a public walk to encourage more people to take part.

Last year 2,000 people took part to raise funds to support veterans with physical, mental or social injuries, including a Cheshire father and son who ‘stretchered’ their Christmas tree 10 miles home and a Suffolk super-granny who walked 400 miles to relatives in Belfast! The campaign raised more than £240,000 and over 5,000 miles were walked.

WWTW Director of Fundraising Andrew Cook said, “Many of our ex-military personnel face a Christmas and New Year without much sparkle. We are so grateful to the huge numbers of you who accept our challenge to stride out on their behalf before Christmas, in a determined bid to help us put the twinkle back into their and their families’ eyes.”

One dog owner taking part is Karen Rees, along with her friend Pauline Christie and their dog Miley. The trio are planning to walk 50 miles over five weeks in support of vulnerable veterans, raising money through their JustGiving page. They began their challenge last Sunday with a nine and a half mile walk from Grassy Beach at The Stanner Gate Dundee to Monifieth and back.

Karen, Pauline and Miley

Karen, of The Sycamore Paterson Place. Longforgan said, “My brother and husband are both veterans and although having served in numerous conflicts over the last 20 years they have been lucky enough to survive in one piece. We just want to give something back.” 

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