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The Walk Of Britain team enter the Midlands! - Six wounded veterans, 1,000 miles, 72 days!
This week (Tuesday 13th October) six veterans have entered the midlands, marking the beginning of Week Eight of their epic 1,000 mile, 72 day expedition from Scotland to London. All six individuals have either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty.
Please can you help our wonderful Pride of Britain Winners - Walking With The Wounded. They will be setting off from Draycott this Saturday at 9.00am (17th October) as part of their 1000 mile Walk of Britain, which finishes at Buckingham Palace on November 1st. Their route this Saturday passes through Draycott, Breaston, Long Eaton, Toton, Chilwell, Attenborough, Beeston, Clifton, Nottingham City Centre, West Bridgford and finally finishes at Morrisons, Gamston.
One of the six veterans doing the 1000 mile walk is from Draycott, his name is Stewart Hill. He suffered a traumatic brain injury whilst serving in Afghanistan. Members of Draycott village fund and various volunteers are trying really hard to give the team a wonderful send off this Saturday. The main road and side streets are already lined with Union Jacks. On the day we are expecting two bands, a choir, a piper, a scooter club & biker club salute & send off. The Mayor of Erewash has also arranged to come and meet the team to show her support. Also the Draycott village fund has arranged for 500 small flags to be handed out on the day, so lots of cheering and flag waving and a great send off.
Draycott are already doing a great job in supporting this event, however it would be fantastic if we could get support for the team throughout the whole day as they pass through various villages, towns and Nottingham City Centre on the way to Gamston. It would be wonderful if we could get people standing at the side of the roads to show their support. Please can you help with any reporting, publicity and promotions.
A couple of my friends and I are walking with them that day to show our support and appreciation of their wonderful efforts.
The core team consists of:
- Stewart Hill suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on 4th July 2009 whilst commanding B Company, 2 MERCIAN in Afghanistan which has resulted in brain impairments within his executive function brain area, chronic fatigue, memory problems, severe and persistent tinnitus and bilateral hearing loss.
- Matt Fisher sustained a gunshot wound to his left foot on Boxing Day 2009 in Afghanistan which resulted in subsequent elective left leg amputation 12 months later
- Alec Robotham suffered severe right leg trauma as a result of shrapnel damage from a suicide bomb incident whilst on operation in the Helmand district of Afghanistan in 2010. He also suffered puncture wounds in his right leg, right arm, secured hearing damage and a left foot drop (metal plate was then inserted).
- Scott Ransley is blind in his right eye as a result of an IED blast whilst clearing an IED factory
- Kirstie Ennis suffered full thickness facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial reconstruction, damage to her cervical and lumbar spine, hearing impairment, bilateral shoulder trauma, a traumatic brain injury, and left foot limb salvage
- Andrew Bement suffers from PSTD with depression and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury resulting in diminished executive functioning.
The team hope that as they travel through the country, people will turn out and support them, and everyone will get behind them as they head towards their goal.
Please do follow our Walk Of Britain expedition and help us to spread the word, raising awareness of and funds for our wounded: http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/walkofbritain2015/ #WalkOfBritain @supportthewalk.
About Walking With The Wounded - Walking With The Wounded is a charity established to support the employment aspirations and vocational outcomes of our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, those who have been physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged by their service.
WWTW recognises the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and wants to compliment these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in gaining independence through new long term careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.