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So many generous people have raised money for Walking With The Wounded through an event or by taking on a challenge and in doing so helped improve the lives of our wounded ex-servicemen and women. Do remember to send us photographs – we love to be able to showcase the amazing things our extraordinary fundraisers do to support our wounded. Thank you all for your contributions.
Here are just a few of our recent fundraisers:
Baz Wall is supporting Walk of America
Baz Wall has been tabbing with 44lbs of weight 3 times a week.
"I want to support John Mayhead in his journey as he is my old Company Commander from my Coldstream days. My motivation was lacking and when I read John’s story I wanted to support him. I hoped that by showing John I was out there it would let him know that we were thinking of him. I have been doing it since John started the walk of America and have decided that in July I would like to raise as much as I can."
Jake Meyer returns to the Savage Mountain
We are very proud to have explorer Jake Meyer's continued support in what we are achieving. In June 2018, Jake returns to K2 for the third time as part of a small international team. Jake's first attempt on K2 was as a member of an international team in 2009, led by renowned American alpinist Fabrizio Zangrilli. The team climbed on the Cesen route, fixing all lines themselves, without Sherpa support. In the end, deep snow conditions forced them to abandon their summit attempt only 600m from the summit. An account of this attempt was made into the multi-award winning documentary K2: Siren of the Himalayas.
Jake returned to K2 in 2016 as part of a British team, the first to attempt the mountain in over a decade. The British team was considered one of the strongest on the mountain in the 2016 season, but during the summit attempt, an avalanche destroyed camp 3 at 7300m. When Jake and the Sherpa team reached the site of Camp 3, there was nothing but avalanche debris - all tents, oxygen, rope and equipment had been destroyed, buried or swept away. This event caused all teams on the mountain to call off their summit attempts.
We wish Jake the very best of luck with this year's attempt.
Kyle and Luke successfully walked from Ipswich to Pegasus Bridge in France!
Kyle and Luke raised vital funds for Walking With The Wounded by walking 286 miles from Ipswich in Suffolk to Pegasus Bridge in France. They also carried55lb bergens. (You may remember Kyle from when he ran from Warrington to Ipswich in just 5 days last year!) Find out more and support Kyle on his Just Giving page.
Chapel Street by Sheila Brady
We are very grateful to Sheila who is donating a portion of the proceeds of her book, Chapel Street to Walking With The Wounded.
Chapel Street was a row of old Georgian terraced lodging houses in Altrincham, home to some 400 Irish, English, Welsh and Italian lodgers. From this tight-knit community of just sixty houses, 161 men volunteered for the First World War. They fought in all the campaigns of the war, with 29 men killed in action and twenty dying from injuries soon after the war; more men were lost in action from Chapel Street than any other street in England. As a result, King George V called Chapel Street "the Bravest Little Street in England".
Born To Fight
We are very grateful to Mark Carruthers who was keen to write a song about the plight that some veterans find themselves in after leaving the forces and after writing the song , Born to Fight he has now teamed up with Walking With The Wounded, dedicating proceeds of his new single to the charity. Mark said “I saw the good work, Walking With The Wounded do when I joined them for some fundraising challenges they ran in Cumbria and especially liked how they got beneficiaries of the charity to help, give talks and be involved in the events. If my song can raise a bit more awareness and raise some funds for the ones that need it then I’ll be happy.”
BBC introducing. "Love Mark's sound! Definitely reminiscent of a young Paul McCartney."