Air force worker to take walk home for Christmas

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As a homeless, wounded veteran the challenges must seem impossible.

The 44-year-old breast cancer survivor will run the first nine miles with a colleague who is a PTI (Physical Training Instructor).

Sarah-Jane, who has been in the RAF just shy of 26 years now works in an HR department which deals with looking after everything from deployment preparation and postings, pay and promotions, general HR enquiries and annual reporting.

She finds that more and more frequently our involvement is with welfare support and advice.

The Walking Home For Christmas campaign is backed by the Captain of GB’s Invictus Games team David Henson, Nick Knowles, Sir Chris Bonington, Julia Bradbury and Dominic West and will see thousands of people pulling on their walking boots and Santa hats to have an adventure on their doorsteps this Christmas – be it one mile or 100.

Dave Henson said: “As a wounded veteran the challenges faced can seem unsurpassable. As a homeless, wounded veteran, the challenges must seem impossible. Initiatives like this play a crucial role in raising the funds required to support veterans back into the work place.”

Walking with the Wounded supports veterans with physical, mental or social injuries on their journey to long-term security, independence and employment. Walking Home For Christmas raises funds for WWTW’s Home Straight programme which supports homeless veterans back into employment and independence.

It currently has projects in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Catterick, Aldershot and Bristol with four more opening soon.

Every £40,000 funds a new centre and this year the charity is aiming to raise £200,000 to open five more centres around the UK.

To Enter go to wwtw.org.uk Enter your name, email and pay £10 towards the cause. Get your pack with a branded hi-vis bib, Santa hat and wristband. Walk as far as is challenging for you, 1 mile or 100, any time until December 26.