"This time last year I was living in the woods. Thanks to WWTW, this Christmas I am in a job and have a roof over my head."
Read Richard's story and learn how Walking Home For Christmas really does make a difference.
"This time last year I was living in the woods. Thanks to Walking With The Wounded, this Christmas I am in a job and have a roof over my head," says Richard who joined the Army aged 20 and served 4 years as a Trooper in the 13/18th Royal Hussars.
In 1990 Richard made the decision to leave the Army in order to look after his terminally ill mother. He’d been independent after leaving the Army and not been without a job or roof over his head. However, in 2015 when Richard’s father also passed away, things began to get rapidly out of control and he ‘dropped out of society’.
Richard spent 9 months travelling the country on foot, sleeping rough and doing odd jobs for food and shelter; too proud to ask his friends for support. On returning home to Sheffield he spent 15 months living in a basher (a military shelter) in the woods.
At last, a friend convinced Richard to seek support and on admitting that he had served in the Armed Forces, Richard was contacted by WWTW’s Project Nova. Since that phone call Richard says his life has been on an ‘upward spiral’.
Project Nova was able to secure him a place in supported accommodation, help him to create his first CV and give him interview practice. He is consequently now back in full time employment.
“I am looking forward to spending Christmas with my godson and his family. I’ll be able to buy them presents, something I never thought possible,” said Richard. “I can already see the Christmas lights!”
You can make a difference to the futures of ex-servicemen and women like Richard, simply by going for walk this December. All we ask is that you sign up and put your best foot forward, and in turn serve those who have served us.