Walking With The Wounded News

Welcome to your first Walking With The Wounded newsletter of 2021.

In this month’s news:

WWTW Appoints New CEO 

On January 1st, Fergus Williams stepped up to become CEO of Walking With The Wounded. Fergus is the former Director of Operations. He pioneered WWTW’s programmes with the NHS.

Over the past decade, WWTW has supported nearly 10,000 ex-military and their families and now has a national footprint of employment advisors and mental health therapists.

The charity has seen significant growth and expansion under Ed and Fergus’ leadership, to provide innovative mental health, employment, and care coordination programmes, enabling those who have served to thrive and contribute once more in their communities.  This includes Step Into Health, the first employment pathway between the British Armed Forces and the NHS, the UK’s biggest employer, and a joint venture with the RFEA to create Project Nova – an early intervention programme targeting ex-military in police custody to reduce reoffending.

Fergus was the charity’s first senior employee eight years ago and has led the charity’s operations and integration with the NHS and collaboration with more than 200 other charities and organisations.

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WWTW Celebrates 11th Year Anniversary

This month we celebrated our 11th Year Anniversary. Despite the pandemic, WWTW has continued to go from strength-to-strength, and in an unprecedented year, our team supported 2,827 service users, a 51% increase on 2019.

Last year, WWTW also expanded the reach of the North East Service, launched our latest expedition, The Grenadier Walk of Oman, and finished the year with a record-breaking Walking Home For Christmas. Thanks to your support, 2021 will be bigger and better than ever before as the charity continues to expand into new ventures with the NHS and the new High Intensity Service (HIS), a new mental health pathfinder for ex-military.

Crucially, ‘Client First’ remains at the heart of everything we do and as we look ahead to 2021 and beyond, and we are honoured to continue to support those who served.

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Eddie Izzard Raising Funds For WWTW 

This month, comedian and actor, Eddie Izzard has taken on an extraordinary New Year’s resolution  – ‘A Run for Hope’ – encouraging people all over Europe and around the world to help ‘Make Humanity Great Again’. As part of the campaign, Eddie is raising vital funds for charities, including Walking With The Wounded and there’s only 3 days to go until Eddie completes her monumental feat.

Eddie has always had a fascination with the military and even considered joining the armed forces before pursuing a career in comedy and acting. Throughout January, Eddie spoke to a number of WWTW Ambassadors, beneficiaries, staff and supporters to find out about who we are, what we do and how we make a positive difference to those who served.

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Ben Joins The Grenadier Walk of Oman team

The Grenadier Walk of Oman gets underway this year. Having served in the Royal Signals since 2005, Ben will replace Ash Winter who has had to step back from the core walking group due to an injury.

Ben commented, “Walking With The Wounded amongst many other amazing organisations as well as friends and family have helped towards making my transition from a life in the military to a life on civvy street much easier. I still have difficulties thinking how I will move on and what I will find myself doing next, but I’m hopeful about my future. The Grenadier Walk of Oman is something I’m really looking forward to being part of.”

AND see the new video (shot before lockdown) of Tour de France legend Mark Cavendish taking on the Grenadier Walk of Oman team. 

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Watch Mark Cavendish Walk of Oman team challenge
Walking Home For Christmas. You did it! 

2020 was a tough year for everyone. Despite this, a record number of people signed up to take part in Walking Home For Christmas and helped to make 2020 a year that the team at WWTW will remember for the right reasons!

Almost 3,000 people donned their best Santa hat and ventured into the great outdoors to raise vital funds for our ex-military and their families. Thanks to your support, we raised over £325,000 which equates to WWTW being able to deliver 4,342 mental health sessions. This is incredible. Thank you.

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Cumbrian Challenge Postponed 

WWTW’s flagship event is on for 2021 but with a new date of 11th September. Although we are disappointed not to be hitting the hills in May, we must put everyone’s safety first and it enables more teams to get involved in September.

All participants who have already signed up will be deferred to the new date in September, and a covid-compliant training opportunity has been provided to get them into the hills in May or June with their team, a guide and a beneficiary.

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We’re here to support you

As we are all in the midst of another nationwide lockdown, we have put together some resources to support you and your mental and physical health.  The toolkit includes top tips to help you with your mental wellbeing, coping with loneliness and how to sleep well.

Take a look at the toolbox