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When The Going Gets Tough, Walking with the Wounded Get Going
For your chance to get involved with the inspirational Expedition Teams from Walking With The Wounded, read on…..
Walking With The Wounded’s latest pioneering expedition will see 3 teams of wounded soldiers from the UK, the USA and the Commonwealth tackle the inhospitable Antarctic, overcoming the savage conditions and their own injuries as they race to reach the South Pole. Predicted by polar experts to be the largest modern day expedition of its type, the challenge will take place in November and December 2013 under the patronage of Prince Harry. Speaking earlier this year, HRH Prince Henry of Wales commented:
“The vision behind Walking With The Wounded – to reintegrate wounded servicemen and women successfully into civilian life – recognises the unquenchable spirit and drive of those young people. It aims to harness their determination and energy, whilst adjusting their mind-set to face the numerous challenges that lie ahead. The adventures exemplify the tenacity and remarkable courage of those who serve in uniform”
The challenges of the record-breaking 2011 trek to the North Pole will be multiplied due to the increased hostility of the Antarctic conditions. This 2013 expedition will last for a period of four weeks and the teams will cover a total of 335km. Whilst trekking around 15 to 20km per day, the teams will endure temperatures as low as -45°C and 50mph winds. Not only will they be forced to battle these harsh weather conditions, there will also be vast crevasses, moving ice-shelves, glaciers and snow storms. Underlining these challenges will be the life-changing physical and cognitive injuries sustained by the team members during their military service.
Our armed forces make huge sacrifices in our name and on our behalf. Sadly, many young men and women lose their lives in conflicts around the globe and it is well-publicised that many more return home with horrendous injuries, be they physical or cognitive, which mean they face a very different future to the one for which they had planned.
These inspirational individuals approach their recovery with the same commitment, resolve and determination which they demonstrate on the front line and Walking With The Wounded wish to champion them, to show us all how remarkable they are. With the right types of support they can rebuild their lives and Walking With The Wounded ensure they are given the tools to create a future for themselves.
The range of on-going fundraising projects and events run by Walking With The Wounded highlight what can be achieved in spite of life-changing injuries. They hope that by seeing these inspirational examples others will be moved to realise their own potential…..
…..and here is a chance for YOU to do just that!
Get your hiking boots at the ready and your strongest team members in place to join Walking With The Wounded’s inspirational expedition teams for a fantastic weekend of scenery, sweat, fresh air and fun! Start a team of four and get fundraising for the charity. The Cumbrian Challenge is a unique adventure weekend in May 2013 which will see people compete in an orienteering style race in Cumbria against some of Walking With The Wounded’s Expedition team members. The challenge will be a circular route, achievable within one day, with 2 route options to cater for varying levels of physical fitness. Choose from a 20k hike (1144m of altitude gain, 5 peaks, expected time: 7 hours) or a 33k hike (2327m of altitude gain, 10 peaks taking in Striding Edge, Hevellyn, Red Screes; expected time: 10-13 hours).
There will be even be prizes given for Highest fundraising team, Fastest female team, Fastest male team, Fastest veteran team (over 45) – as if you need any incentive to support this very worthwhile cause!
Find out more and sign up at wwtw.org.uk http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/fundraising/cumbrianchallenge/