North Pole 2011 – Walking With The Wounded
2011 will see the Baton being taken to the North Pole with the Walking With The Woundedteam – if ever we needed inspiration then this incredible effort, by equally incredible people is something to look at support and remember.
To Support The Walk please look at the details available here.
The Baton has been handed over to Ed Parker for the walk on the 17th February, for Ed’s lovely comments please go here.
About Walking With The Wounded
“Today our Armed Forces are being asked to do much on our behalf and in our name. Every day young men and women are risking their lives in extreme circumstances. They do this with great professionalism and courage. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives in the course of duty, and we must never forget them. But there is another story. During the course of operations, many young men and women have suffered horrific injuries. When the wounded return home they face a very different future, with challenges they probably never imagined. Needless to say, they meet this uncertainty with the same courage and determination they demonstrated on the front line. But there’s is a long road to recovery, and for many their future outside the Armed Forces is unsure. This is when a different degree of bravery becomes apparent.
It is that future which Walking with the Wounded is going to address. The funds raised will finance new qualifications, courses, and further education for those seriously injured. It will enable the blind, amputees, the burn victims, the mentally disabled and all the other wounded to rebuild their lives and to return to a work place. Walking with the Wounded will also donate funds to Help for Heroes, to help them continue their important work with the rehabilitation of our wounded soldiers, sailors and airmen.
I have had firsthand experience of what these young men and women go through as my nephew was seriously wounded in Helmand in July 2009. I have seen at firsthand how incredibly brave our wounded have to be. Having served in The Royal Green Jackets and seen service in Northern Ireland, I am fully aware of the responsibility we owe our injured soldiers. It is a continuous duty that we have to our wounded servicemen and women, and their rehabilitation into the workplace is vital.”