Walking With The Wounded
Walking With The Wounded organises inspirational expeditions to demonstrate the fortitude and bravery of our wounded service people and works in partnership with expert organisations to support the re-education and re-training of injured service men and women.
Since Walking With The Wounded was set up in 2010, ‘why do we need another service charity?’ is a question that has often been asked. There are many existing organisations and military charities, each doing a wonderful job for our wounded, but the founders of Walking With The Wounded still felt that there was something missing. One word summarized it – Inspiration.
Our armed forces today are asked to do so much in our name and on our behalf. Every day young men and women are risking their lives in extreme circumstances, and they do so with great professionalism and courage. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives in the course of duty, and we must not forget them.
During the course of these operations many young men and women also suffer horrific injuries. When they return home they face a very different future to the one they had planned and with challenges they never imagined.
Too often, however, our wounded are viewed with pity and sorrow. They don’t want this, but they do need our support. Walking With The Wounded wants to champion them, to show people how remarkable they are, and show how they face their future with the same courage and determination they demonstrate on the front line. They do still achieve amazing things.
For many their future outside the Armed Forces is unsure and they face a long road to recovery. For those who are medically discharged, finding a job must be the priority to secure the income which is vital for their security and that of their family.
In order to keep our military who have been injured in the public eye Walking With The Wounded undertakes inspirational expeditions to demonstrate the fortitude and bravery of our wounded. Not only will these show how extraordinary the team members are, but they will inspire others who face disability and daily challenges.
Walking With The Wounded hopes that, by raising awareness of the organisation in this way, it can raise significant funds to continue the work it does.
Walking With The Wounded is not a service or care provider. It works in partnership with expert organisations which can effectively deliver training, education, career transition advice and planning for the wounded.
Walking With The Wounded expeditions are all fully corporately sponsored and their funding is separate from the generous donations received by the Charity, meaning that money donated goes to directly helping those in need through the programmes which we fund.
Programmes funded by Walking With The Wounded include:
Walking With The Wounded also works directly with corporates who are looking to employ wounded servicemen and women, identifying the right employment for those with the right qualifications. It is vital that those who have been injured are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, and are able to understand their aptitude so they look for the right job in the right sector. Walking With The Wounded helps to coordinate this process, working with other organisations which have the required expertise. There is extraordinary willingness in the corporate sector to help these young men and women find work, but it is vital that the right job is identified for each individual for the right reason. Walking With The Wounded is constantly working to fund more projects, and will be adding to its existing educational programme portfolio in 2012.
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