Wilkin Chapman’s charity walks will provide funds to help some of our nation’s most vulnerable veterans.
When teams from Wilkin Chapman solicitors step out for their Walking Home for Christmas events between now and next Wednesday, December 11, they will be raising money for a charity that has devoted a decade to supporting some of the nation’s most vulnerable veterans.
The passion and drive behind the charity Walking With The Wounded, which is coordinating the festive walks across the UK, comes from two men – one of them being Ed Parker. Ed, a former serviceman himself, witnessed the homecoming of his nephew who was seriously injured while on active duty in Afghanistan more than ten years ago.
With the loss of both of his legs, Ed saw a young man discharged from service on medical grounds whose life had physically changed forever, but who was capable of much and had skills that would complement many businesses.
From there Ed’s idea was born to raise awareness of the many veterans in a similar position - many people will recall the walking adventures that Ed has taken former service personnel on. Supported by Prince Harry, who has joined the walking parties, there have been expeditions to the North Pole, Mount Everest, the South Pole and a 1,000-mile trek around Britain that finished at Buckingham Palace.
The success of the first expedition in 2011 inspired the charity to drive on with a mission to heighten Britain’s awareness of, and support for, veterans who arrive on ‘civvy street’ and find themselves on a ‘spiral of descent’ – as it is described by Walking With The Wounded.
While it is important to note that many, many service personnel do transition very successfully, it is thought that around 10 per cent will suffer in some way, shape of form.
While initial work by the charity concentrated on the physical scars, it quickly became apparent that the problems lay equally with the mental wellbeing of veterans and work more latterly has concentrated on the help and support required.
There are many reasons why a veteran can suffer, with the most prominent ones most likely being a lack of purpose and confidence, along with feelings of isolation and loneliness. With some then turning to alcohol or drugs to mask their problems, homelessness and its associated issues can result.
As time has gone on, Walking With The Wounded has noticed how such problems often manifest themselves years after a person has left the services. For example, it has been said it takes an average of 13 years for a veteran to come forward for mental health support.
There is no doubt of the need for the work of the charity – and the need for as many people as possible to join one of our walks, during which we want to raise £4,725 – the amount needed to support one veteran per office, seven in total, to undergo intensive one-to-one mental health care.
For more details and to donate to the Grimsby walk go to: http://www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com/teams/wilkin-chapman-grimsby
For more details and to donate to the Beverley walks go to: http://www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com/teams/wilkin-chapman-beverley
For more details and to donate to the Lincoln walk go to: http://www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com/teams/wilkin-chapman-lincoln