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Hugh Forsyth
Crystal Ball Gala Dinner
On 30th May our Crystal Ball gala dinner was held at
the Grosvenor House Hotel. The evening was hosted
by Ben Fogle and guests enjoyed dancing the night
away thanks to performances by Ellie Goulding and
The Stereophonics who were simply brilliant. Among
the distinguished guests were David Hempleman
Adams, Matthew Pinsent, Team Glenfiddich (the British
participants in this year’s South Pole Allied Challenge)
together with the expedition’s Royal Patron, Prince Harry.
In addition to some amazing raffle prizes such as sports
memorabilia and Royal Ballet backstage passes, guests
also took part in both a ‘Silent’ and ‘Live’ auction which
featured some wonderful lots, all generously donated by
supporters. Winning bidders won seven nights in Bali,
an all expenses trip to Aspen which included flights,
ski passes, ski wear and ski lessons, and a flight in a
rare Gypsy Moth Bi-plane. The Live Auction was held
by one of Christie’s Head Auctioneers, James BruceGardyne. During the cocktail reception guests were
dazzled by the talented magician and Army veteran
Shane Sterling Price. Bartenders at the Glenfiddich
whisky bar were extremely generous and a fantastic
evening was had by all. The event raised in excess of
£120,000 and was a golden opportunity for the WWTW
staff to exchange their wet weather clothing from the
Cumbrian Challenge, for a bit of black tie and sparkle.
Based in the South West
and with over 450 trucks and
1200 employees, Gregory
Distribution is one of the
UK’s leading distribution and
logistics businesses, and they
have pledged their support by
dedicating one of their vehicles
to promote and raise awareness
nationwide of the work the
charity undertakes. The 44 ft
Gregory Distribution refrigerated
trailer has been especially
liveried to draw attention to the
extraordinary achievements
of wounded servicemen and
women and features Daniel
Majid, a former soldier injured
by an IED whilst on foot patrol
in Afghanistan. Walking With
The Wounded funded Dan’s retraining as a geography teacher
and he will begin teaching at
his local High School at the
start of the forthcoming Autumn
term. This truly is a remarkable
opportunity for the charity
and we are extremely grateful
to all at Gregory Distribution
for their unique support.
South Pole Launch
On 19th April, South Pole Allied Challenge
Patron Prince Harry officially announced the
teams taking part and, as a member of the UK
team, threw down the challenge to the US and
Commonwealth teams. Held at the Mandarin
Oriental Hyde Park, the event was broadcast by
the world’s press, and streamed live. Capt Ivan
Castro, from Team US, joined all the members of
Team Glenfiddich on stage with Prince Harry, as
the countdown began for what is Waking With The
Wounded’s biggest and most exciting expedition
to date. The teams are leaving for Antarctica in
November and you can follow their progress via
our website
Duncan Slater Abseils into Conference
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) building
in London’s Regents Park provided a unique
backdrop as the venue for the ‘Pushing
Boundaries Rehabilitation Conference’
recently. The 140 delegates looked up aghast,
as they witnessed double leg amputee and
South Pole UK Team Glenfiddich member,
Duncan Slater, abseil into the conference
from the rooftop of the design award winning
building! The conference, jointly organised
by Exchange Chambers, NewLaw Solicitors
and South Pole sponsors Pace Rehabilitation,
provided the audience of barristers,
solicitors, case managers, claims handlers
and prosthetic users with the opportunity
to learn (and see demonstrated) some of
very latest clinical services and prosthetic
advances. With his prosthetic feet safely
back on the ground, Duncan joined his
Walking With The Wounded counterparts,
Ed Parker and Guy Disney, to provide an
inspiring presentation about the charity’s
successful 2011 North Pole expedition and
their forthcoming South Pole Allied Challenge.
Recovery Careers Service
Deutsche Bank
Walking With The Wounded was honoured to
speak at the London launch of the ‘Veterans
Network Group’ at Deutsche Bank in April
this year under the title of “Overcoming
Adversity”. The Deutsche Bank Veterans
Employee Network Group was created to
raise awareness of the unique and complex
issues facing veterans transitioning from
active service to civilian employment. Charity
Co-Founder Ed Parker, Head of Fundraising
Andrew Cook and Guy Disney & Duncan Slater
from the South Pole UK Team Glenfiddich
member gave an insight into the charity from
both a charity fundraising and expedition
perspective. The team was then given a tour
of the bank including some of the trading
floors, which brought back some happy
memories for Ed and his time in The City! The way in which our Wounded, Injured
and Sick (WIS) are supported is constantly
evolving as we seek to provide the best
and most meaningful assistance for them.
January 2013 saw a huge stride forward
in how our wounded are supported with
their career transition with the launch of
the Recovery Careers Service (RCS).
The RCS is an employment service
focussing on full-time employment,
apprenticeships and internships and is a
needs based service; with higher levels of
support given to those facing the largest
barriers to future civilian employment. Support
is delivered in line with candidates’ Individual
Recovery Plan (IRP) which incorporates all
aspects of their recovery pathway and career
transition. The RCS is focused on delivering
a personal and inspirational career service
which empowers WIS service personnel to
achieve a sustainable and fulfilling career.
WWTW is very proud to be one of the founding
stakeholders and funding partners in the RCS.
If you are an employer and can help our
wounded by offering internships, jobs or work
experience, please email [email protected]
Case Studies
Simon Taylor First Steps Bursary Scheme
Sports Rehabilitation Degree at Sussex University
Simon Taylor joined the army at 16 and served
with the Light Dragoons for over a decade.
In September 2009, he was in a vehicle
when it hit an IED. The explosion killed the
driver next to him and Simon was severely
injured on the left side of his body, suffering a
collapsed lung, spinal injuries and a shattered
left ankle. He was in a coma for a month and
then wheelchair bound with a spinal brace.
Despite many operations to save his ankle,
the pain was such that Simon eventually
decided to undergo elective amputation below
the knee in 2011. Simon had lost count of the
number of surgeries he had undergone – the
latest being a spinal fusion at Christmas – and
felt his life had come to a halt and that he
was falling apart. He’d always worked well
under pressure but the slightest thing could
send him over the edge and he was suffering
from nightmares, though he never really
remembered them, only the loud noises which
would wake him. He didn’t know what to do
with his life, although he knew he wanted to do
something that made a difference to others.
During his rehabilitation he became
fascinated by the physical side of
rehabilitation, so much so that the staff
asked him if he’d considered studying
physiotherapy himself. He was invited by
an instructor to go along to some classes to
see what he thought and he was hooked!
Simon has now been accepted to a Sports
Rehabilitation Degree Course at Sussex
University starting in September 2013 and
is currently completing his Sports Massage
Level 4. Due to a shoulder operation
scheduled during exam time, Simon recently
had to take his practical exam two months
early and passed with flying colours.
Simon has been awarded a Walking With
The Wounded First Steps Bursary to assist
with his education over the next 3 years.
“Having a disability like mine is really a state of mind and if you want to push past
it you can, if you have the will to, you can achieve anything – I am lucky though, I
have my wife and she’s been my rock.”
Hugh Forsyth The Poppy Factory
Facilitator of Equine Assisted Learning
Hugh Forsyth joined the army straight out
of school and served in the Royal Engineers
for 12 years. During deployments to
Northern Ireland and Bosnia he worked
on high risk bomb disposal teams locating
Improvised Explosive Devices and suffers
from PTSD as a result of his service. He
also sustained a spinal injury which makes
physical elements of a job difficult and
painful. Hugh was discharged from the
Army in 1997 and retrained for a civilian
career. However, he lost his job in 2004 as
a result of numerous hospital appointments
and aggressive behaviour attributed to his
PTSD. Living in constant pain, scared,
depressed and virtually housebound, Hugh
felt lost and didn’t know where to turn.
Then, in January of 2012, Hugh was
contacted by the charity Dare to Live
which uses horses to facilitate what Hugh
describes as the ‘rebooting of his brain/
body systems’ allowing him to process
traumas and finally come to terms with
his experiences and injuries. Recognising
abilities in Hugh that he himself didn’t see,
Dare to Live offered Hugh the challenge of
learning more about Horse Whispering and
Natural Horsemanship and asked him to
consider filling the position of the Operations
Manager for the Dare to Live program.
The Poppy Factory, funded by Walking
With The Wounded, stepped in and offered
to help Hugh’s transition back into the
workplace by retraining as a Facilitator
of Equine Assisted Learning – a program
which is completed over three years to
degree level. Hugh is continuing his Natural
Horsemanship training and recently
started the facilitators course in June.
“I’d never been near a horse in my life and I had certainly never contemplated anything like
asking for financial help before but I’m glad Walking With The Wounded was there to help. I
start my new job in March 2014 and this is all down to the horses at Dare to Live and the help
from The Poppy Factory and Walking With The Wounded.”
Anam Ahmed Skillforce
Administration Assistant / Fundraising Assistant
Anam Ahmed joined the Army in 2006 and
was a Combat HR Specialist in 26 Engineer
Regiment until his military career was
cut short following injuries sustained in a
training exercise in 2011. Anam sustained
a significant head injury which caused
100% loss of sight, a lower back injury
which still causes him constant pain and
was diagnosed with Somatic Disorder.
Following his medical discharge Anam had
lost all confidence and thought that his life
was over until Blind Veterans UK introduced
him to JAWS, a screen reading software for
the visually impaired. Anam decided to take
matters into his own hands and searched for
organisations offering support to wounded
veterans and registered himself on-line
with The Poppy Factory which is funded
in part by Walking With The Wounded.
The Poppy Factory recognised Anam’s need
to work from home and his excellent computer
skills so put him in touch with Skillforce who
had potential job opportunities suitable for
home based workers. Anam completed
the application and assessment process
in June 2012 scoring exceptional marks.
Anam is now a Skillforce Administration
Assistant processing Military 2 Mentors
applications and dealing with enquiries
as well as being an integral member of
the Fundraising Department. He has, in
the last few years, regained 20% of his
sight and his back is improving slowly.
“Just because I’ve lost my
sight doesn’t mean I’m totally
wasted. When I was injured
I was frustrated and quite
angry, I had no confidence
and thought I’d never work
again. Since then with the
support I have received I’ve
regained about 70% of the
freedom I lost when I was
injured. If you have the drive
to do something there is
support out there to help you
move on and rebuild your life.”
First Steps
First Steps is a bursary
scheme designed
by Walking With The
Wounded (WWTW)
to provide access to
formal education or
vocational training.
We aim to support our wounded helping
them to identify their new career path and
then gain the qualifications necessary for
them to make a successful move from
military to civilian life. Individuals can apply
directly for grants to help fund courses
as well as cover additional costs such as
accommodation, books and equipment.
The Bursary is open to service leavers
and veterans disadvantaged by mental
or physical injury as a result of either
conflict or training. This includes providing
support to homeless veterans and
veterans in the Criminal Justice System.
The long-term positive outcomes
delivered by the scheme include:
•Increasing employability of wounded
servicemen and women leaving the military
•Inspiring and motivating wounded
personnel to become self-reliant
•Providing a smoother transition
from military to civilian life
•Empowering individuals to pro-actively
seek out a positive and secure future
•Creating long-term security for the
individual and his or her family
WWTW also works alongside and
supports several other programmes
which retrain and empower servicemen
and women. We distribute funds to these
groups, so that they can continue their
valuable work in supporting our wounded
to find jobs and secure their futures
The Military to Mentors course, run
by Skillforce, trains service leavers to
become mentors in the Skillforce school
programme. WWTW joint fund this
program with the Royal British Legion.
The Warrior Programme
The Warrior Programme is a 3-day
course aimed at providing those with
cognitive injuries the tools to address the
challenges of getting into the work place.
The Poppy Factory
The WWTW Back to Work Programme,
powered by the Poppy Factory, is a
bespoke recruitment service designed
to get our wounded back into work.
Adventure Quest
AQV is a specialist course aimed at
veterans with cognitive difficulties. By
using the Mountain Leaders course,
with a built in career advisory and
vocational awareness module, the
course aims to support those struggling
to find work, back into jobs.
RBLI (LifeWorks Course)
RBLI’s LifeWorks programme is an
innovative work-focused assessment and
employability course that also provides
follow-up information, advice and guidance
and ongoing supportto set our wounded on
the right track in the world of civilian work.
The Tough
The Helly Hansen
Cumbrian Challenge
18th May 2013
On 18th May Walking With The Wounded
launched its inaugural public event, the
Cumbrian Challenge, with a memorable
weekend amidst the stunning scenery of
the Lake District in the beautiful village
of Patterdale. Everyone had a cracking
time, despite the day-long downpour, and
wound down in the evening with a slap
up barbecue and entertainment by The
Inhalers. Enormous thanks goes to Helly
Hansen for their ongoing support – and
for manufacturing what proved to be the
only truly waterproof clothing in Ullswater!
Congratulations to the winners of the
Tougher route: James Hoad, Edward
Watkins, Barnaby Grant and Matthew
Houghton-Barcoe, a team of Cambridge
University Officer Training Corps Cadets,
who completed the 33k hike over 10
peaks taking in Striding Edge, Hevellyn
and Red Screes in an impressive 5
hours and 43 minutes; and to Girls
On Top: Katie Williams, Milla Beeston,
Monty Stanton and Carlyn Kilpatrick,
who completed the Tough route – a 20k
hike over 5 peaks – in under 4 hours.
In total over £240,000 was raised by
the 100 Cumbrian Challenge teams and
their incredibly generous supporters. A
very special thank you goes to Team
Tough – Etta Lloyd-Jones, Annie Donald,
Annie Hewitsen and Julia Squier – and
their indefatigable team mate, Fiona
Unwin, who raised over £7,000; and
to LDC, which fielded 13 teams and
collectively raised over £40,000.
The Tough and Tougher teams set
out at 08:00 hours and arrived back at
base camp at the following times:
Team Name
Girls on Top
Captive Minds
Kendal Caravans
Glenfiddich – Will Keep to
The Four Flutes
Osiris 1
Yorkshire Yompers
Independent Mountain Ninjas
Team Helly Hansen
LDC – You Call That a Mountain?
LDC – We Thought it was a
The Harrassed Harris’s
The Malties
Crazy Peakers
The Last Leg
Wandering Oxon
LDC – The 39 Toes
Chatter Water Drinkers
The Camel Club
LDC – 13
Striding Aged
Team Tough
LDC – Sisyphus
Rovers Return
ESRI UK – Data Team
Arqiva 1
Arqiva Antiques
Barking Mad
Latitude 2
The Norfolk Broads
Walking Amongst The Peeks
The Birds Peek
Witness The Fitness
LDC – Where the Feck is Dale?
Border Reivers
Glenfiddich – Mark the Event
The Puffins
CTP Team 2
The Mountain Goats
LDC – Young & Fit & Ged
Super Support Stompers
The ArcExplorers
The Tougher
Team Name
Cambridge UOTC Cadets
WTF-Where’s the Finish?
Uphill Strugglers
Glenfiddich – Three Men and a
LDC – Take a Hike
Magma Team – Bravo
Team Strafe Run
Arqiva 2
Arqiva Reivers
Glenfiddich – Intensively Trained
Gibsons Crusaders
Team Midlands
L.A. Fitness
The UpskHillers 1
The Lowlanders
Kojaks Offspring
LDC – Easy Riders
Suffolk Hilltoppers
Norfolk Booties
LDC – Team 200
LDC – The Test Icicles
Team Klepacz
Team Brazen
The Wandering Winos
Glenfiddich – Be Dedicated &
Glenfiddich – Cope with the Hills
Lost in Pace
The Villagers
Magma Team – Alpha
Charlies Angels
Magma Team – Charlie
The UpskHillers 2
Happy Feet
CTP Team 1
Team Horlicks
CTP Team 3
LDC – “She’s The Boss”
Foot Fall Focas
Private Expeditions
Glenfiddich – Step Counters
Welsh and Nearly Welsh
LDC – The Newbies
Leather Band
Our Price: £20.00
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Enamel Badge
Our Price: £1.00
Show your support with this
smart, unisex, leather plaited
band in WWTW black and red
colours. It also comes with
a steel clasp etched with the
Walking With The Wounded
logo. It is comfortable to wear
and is available in three sizes.
Treat yourself to the new Walking
With The Wounded bear. He is
very soft, warmly wrapped in his
South Pole embroidered fleece
hoodie in either red or navy and is
ready, willing and able to cuddle.
He is aptly named after a true
legend in the world of exploration.
Show your support for Walking
With The Wounded with this
nickel plated lapel badge with
soft enamel and a butterfly clutch.
Large 23cm
Medium 21cm
Small 19cm
“Difficulties are just things
to overcome, after all.”
Ernest Shackleton
Size approximately
25mm x 14mm x 1.2mm.
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Cotton Carrier
Exclusive Unisex Cotton T-shirt
in range of colours with the
Walking With The Wounded logo
on the front and “Support the
Walk ...” printed on the back
A Stylish Stainless Steel 75cl
Red Water Bottle with a split
ring, screw on lid and spill
resistent, featured the Walking
With the Wounded logo in black.
The perfect accessory whether
making your own attempt of
Everest or doing the school run!
A Useful Natural Cotton Bag
38x42cm with long handles
and printed with the Walking
With The Wounded logo.
Fundraising - Community
Baking for ‘Our Wounded’
The Hazlegrove School Bake Sale
In November last year the kind and generous staff, plus a few helpful parents and
friends of the Hazlegrove School in Wincanton raised £365 for WWTW by selling cakes,
muffins and brownies to the staff at break time. The delicious treats went for £1 each
and were so popular the cooks had to return to the kitchen to bake some more!
Climbing for ‘Our Wounded’
Hand Bikes at Dawn
On 20th April 2013 Graham O’Hanlon and wife Jacky along with their support crews set out to
scale Cadair Idris, one of the tallest mountains in Snowdonia, using specially designed mountain
bikes. The bikes, which are pedaled by hand, have very low gears so the riders can climb
the steep and rocky mountain slopes. The punishing ascent to the summit took over 6 hours
and raised just over £1,000 for the charity. Their achievement is an example of the spirit and
determination of our supporters and highlights the ability regardless of injury to inspire others.
Fencing for ‘Our Wounded’
24 Hour Fence-athon
On 30th March, 2013 students at the University of Surrey hosted a 24 hour fencing marathon
and raised £6,200 for WWTW. Fencers from six universities including Brunel, Reading and
Royal Holloway, joined The University of Surrey students at the fundraising event. Bruce
Dickinson, front man for Iron Maiden, even turned up to demonstrate his fencing skills.
Fencing’s long and illustrious history has always been tied to the military, especially in Britain
where fencing tradition is rooted in the armed and naval forces. “We really like the cause and
believe in the good work that Walking With The Wounded is doing for our wounded servicemen
and women. Everyone has great respect for them and the sacrifices they have made for our
country, and we felt that it was time to give back to them.” - Andy Reynolds, Event Organiser.
Canoeing for ‘Our Wounded’ Devizes to
Westminster International Canoe Race
On 31st March, 2013 James Casey and Jamie Supple completed the 125 mile Devizes to
Westminster International Canoe Race in 27 hours 3 minutes and 8 seconds and raised £3,448
for WWTW. The race, which has been held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948, starts
its first 52 miles along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Devizes to Reading, the next 55 miles
are on the River Thames to Teddington and the final 17 miles traverses the tidal portion of the
Thames to Westminster. Photograph by kind permission of Tony Smith.
Hiking for ‘Our Wounded’
North Norfolk Coastal Path Hike
Over the May Bank Holiday two energetic pupils from Diss High School, 14 year old Kaylee
Andrews and Ruby Mouser, hiked 46.6 miles along the North Norfolk Coastal Path and raised
over £1,200 for WWTW. South Pole Allied Challenge Team Glenfiddich member, Duncan Slater,
who used to be stationed with Kaylee’s father in the RAF, joined the girls for the last 10 miles of
their walk from Hunstanton to Cromer. They were greeted at Cromer pier by a cheering crowd
of mums, dads and grandparents. Congratulations to you both on an amazing achievement!
Fundraising - Corporate
Williamson Tea
Using only sustainable methods of tea farming, Williamson Tea is unique in as much as it only
harvests tea from its own farms in Kenya allowing them to control the quality of their product.
Williamson Fine Teas are very proud to support the work done by WWTW and will be launching
their WWTW caddy this winter to tie-in with the expedition to the South Pole, from which £1
for every caddy sold will be donated to the charity. This will be on sale in John Lewis and their
LA Fitness
With over 200,000 members across 80 gyms throughout the UK, LA Fitness has led the way in
the growth of the UK fitness industry and we are extremely proud to have been chosen as their
charity of the year for 2013 / 2014. Employees at LA Fitness have already trekked across the
Cumbrian hills, joined us at our Crystal Ball in Central London and are due shortly to race Coast
to Coast across Scotland. Our UK Team Glenfiddich will be joining members at the King’s Lynn
gym in September to undertake some additional training and currently many gym managers
are plotting fundraising events and activities to raise money for the charity. We look forward to
developing this relationship in the coming months and thank all of those at LA Fitness for their
incredible efforts.
We are delighted to announce that Bremont will be the official UK watch supplier and timekeeper
for Walking With The Wounded’s South Pole Allied Challenge marking the beginning of the
brand’s ongoing support for the charity. “We are thrilled to be supporting The South Pole Allied
Challenge in conjunction with Walking With The Wounded. Bremont have a history of working
with interesting explorers and polar expeditions so this was the perfect project to reinforce our
ongoing support for military charities.” Giles English, Co-Founder Bremont.
London Shooting Challenge
The 2013 London Shooting Championships were held this year at Well Barn Estate
in Oxfordshire. The event comprised of 30 teams of 4 guns shooting 5 drives across
the estate, providing a variety of “game birds” all simulated through the use of clay
pigeons, with each team shooting at 1,000 clays in the day. Following the shooting, a fine
champagne reception awaited the teams followed by a 3 course lunch which included
an auction and prize giving. There were some great lots up for auction including tickets
to Twickenham and pegs at some very prestigious shoots across the UK. With special
thanks to Dylan Williams of the Royal Berkshire Shooting School who ran the shooting
program and to Patrick Kennedy at Majordomo who is the figure head of the event and
without whose efforts we would not have raised in excess of £9,000 for the charity.
Mia Fowler letter
The team at WWTW was extremely touched by the heart-warming letter from 8-year old Mia
Fowler who made her own poppies and sold them to support veterans young and old. She
raised £20 for WWTW. This is a copy of the lovely letter Mia wrote to us, and everyone here at
HQ would like to acknowledge how impressed we were with her creativeness. Thank you, Mia!
Trois Etapes
26th - 29th July 2013
Comprising of eight riders (seven amateurs and one pro) the Trois Etapes is the ultimate
competitive pro-am cycling experience. The 2013 edition of the Trois Etapes, proudly
sponsored by LDC, will see 14 teams compete over four days over a flat prologue and three
mountain stages whilst raising funds for charities worldwide.
Scotland Coast to Coast
14th - 15th September 2013
Competitors will cover 105 Highland miles via walking, cycling and kayaking from Nairn
(near Inverness) to Glencoe in Scotland in less than 2 days. Special thanks to L.A. Fitness
who have 13 entrants raising monies for the charity.
Heroes on Ice
21st September 2013
A charity Ice Skating Gala with special guests appearances from some of the Dancing on Ice professional
celebrity skaters. Heroes on Ice is proudly supporting our 2013 Allied South Pole Challenge - facebook.
com/HeroesOnIce. Call 01344 789000 or email [email protected] to book tickets
Climb Kilimanjaro
28th September - 6th October 2013
Kilimanjaro is a fantastic challenge but it requires no technical climbing skill, just bucket loads of determination.
And not only will ten supporters be able to summit yourself, you will be doing so in the company of one of
Our Wounded soldiers, witnessing first-hand how even the most horrific injuries can be overcome. There are
5 spaces left, to book your exclusive place contact Andrew on 01263 863900 or [email protected]
England v Australia @ Twickenham
2nd November 2013
The Autumn series of test matches promises to be even more interesting coming so soon
after The Lions tour down under. WWTW is the official charity at the QBE International Charity
Day at Twickenham, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the day.
South Pole Allied Challenge - Official Press Event
14th November 2013
As we prepare for our largest expedition yet, The South Pole Allied Challenge, we will be holding our
departure press event in Trafalgar Square on 14 November 2013. Come and join all of our international
teams on the day. For more information go to
We are currently looking for creative and enthusiastic individuals who have an empathy with the charity to develop a
regional volunteer network. Each position will initially be on a purely voluntary basis but we will cover expenses. If you
would like to become involved and work alongside our fundraising team please e-mail [email protected]
The South Pole Allied Challenge
December, 2013
As Walking With The Wounded embarks on its most ambitious expedition undertaking yet, The South Pole Allied
Challenge, team training is well underway across the globe as the weeks before our deployment to the Antarctic
continent fly by. Following the success of the 2011 North Pole expedition, and our attempt on Everest in 2012, the
South Pole Challenge will see three teams of wounded service personnel from The United Kingdom, The United
States and the Commonwealth of Nations, all with either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty,
racing to the South Pole in November and December this year. Prince Harry, the expedition Patron and member of
UK Team Glenfiddich will also be joined by other high profile global personalities, one partnering with Team US and
one with Team Commonwealth. Please follow our expedition news as we will soon to be announce who will be
joining us on the ice, in what has been predicted to be one of the most high profile expeditions of modern times.
For sponsorship opportunities or
further information on the South
Pole Challenge please contact:
Edward Parker
Co-Founder and
Expedition Director
+44 (0) 7748 185 239
[email protected]
Victoria Nicholson
Expedition Manager
+44 (0) 7833 251127
[email protected]
The South Pole Allied Challenge aims to demonstrate the close bond between the participating
countries both on and off the battlefield; in rehabilitation and recovery as the teams tackle the
inhospitable Antarctic, overcoming both the savage conditions and their own individual injuries.
Team Glenfiddich return to Iceland in July, where the initial cold weather training and final selection of
the squad members took place in March. The team will be joined by our film crew and again work with
the highly experienced team from Arctic Trucks who will manage the support vehicle crew on the ice in
Antarctica. This support is vital to the safety of our expeditions, which remains our primary focus.
In August Team US and Commonwealth will come in Telluride, Colorado, US, for some summer team training
together, taking advantage of the stunning terrain of the Rocky Mountains for some high octane preparation. In
September all expedition members will join forces in the UK for the last time before our final meet in London in
November. September will allow final team training and endless kit, clothing and food preparation before packing
the cargo for freight to Cape Town in October. Mid November will see the last major expedition event before
we leave for Antarctica – the official expedition departure press launch in Trafalgar Square on 14th November.
Please do follow our South Pole Challenge and help us to spread the
word, raising awareness of and funds for our wounded.
as previous sponsors, catlin
offers best wishes to the
Walking With The Wounded team
preparing for
the allied South pole expedition 2013.
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Walking With The Wounded would like to say an enormous
thank you to all who undertake fundraising challenges for us,
and others, who continue to offer their invaluable support. Your
contributions all make a huge difference to the work we do, and
enable us to help our wounded who return from the front line.
St Mary’s School Shaftesbury, Holt Rugby Club, Coventry Golf Club, Nadine Moss, Ludgrove School, MC Joseph,
Ms M Giles, The Norwich School, Redcliffe School Trust, Emma Hill, Kate Shapland, Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics,
Kevin Malham, John McFall, Keith Turner, Robert Turner, Goldman Sachs, Mr & Mrs Giles Myrtle, MC Joseph and
her Knitters, Margaret Richardson, Denham Garden Village, Tina Hill and Dignity UK, Claire Sohn, Jan Scott,
Isabelle Bryce, The White Horse and The Ship – Norfolk, Monkwood Primary School, Mrs Heather Critchley, Clare
Rush, Mandy Shepherd, Miss Rebecca Davies – Cheltenham Racecourse, Steve Sleath, Ellie Goulding, Rob
Leveritt, Newall Hunter, James Greenly, Matthew Deeprose, Simon Kiley, Philip Hayday-Brown, The Lions Club of
Market Harborough, Emily Fisher, Emma Robinson, Sue Cobb, Emma Arkell, Clare Nichols, The Thompson Family
Charitable Trust, Mrs Sheila Jeffery, Emma Willis Shirts Ltd, Bullivant Media Ltd, Emma Parker, Amelia Malham
and Meopham Community Academy, Lizzie de Klee, David Chaplin, JO Hambro, The Harrow Inn at Steep, Jenny
Cusselle, Emma Duce, Scott Andrews, Kaylee Andrews, Ruby Mouser, John Hamill, Team Gowkins - James Gosling,
Andrew Hawkins, Dylan Langley, Paul Dedross, Chris Dudley, Adam Healey and Marko Babic, James Casey, Jamie
Supple, Benjamin Buckby, Rupert and Tania Wellings, Louise Kelly, Deutsche Bank - Sean Taylor, Robert Gibbs,
Colin Grassie, the Inaugural Kett Country Cottages Family Charity Football Match, Bike Roccas – Fred Clark, Hugo
Snape, Ben Gowing, Charlie Rose, Luke Upton, Rupert Rudkin and Chris Dickins, Andy Bates, Simon Robinson – Dial
a Dog Wash, Ian Hill, Fin Hughes, WWTW’s London Marathon Runners - Anne Abouchar, Rupert Fleming, Peter Hall,
Phil Howard, Myles Jackson and James Guy, Jason Wilkes, Team PTVC - James Pargeter, Andrew Allan, Thomas
Reynolds, Gareth Owen, Nick Bowker, William Evans, Felix Sloman and Timothy Sawyer, Ali Velayat, Susan Kara,
Dan and Ben Roberts, Baley Faulkes-Anstee, Daniel Ferries, Harry Porter and Charlie Dodd, Wonkie Hills, Brooke
Miller, Zest Events, The Admirable Crichton, Ben Fogel, The Grosvenor House Hotel, Shane Sterling Price, The
Stereophonics, Bec Lawes, Heathfield School, James Kilpatrick, Tadcaster Grammer School, Sarah Appleyard,
Grant Harris, Fiona Unwin, Annie Donald, Henrietta Lloyd-Jones, Julia Squier, Annie Hewitson, Ludgrove School,
Jonty and Sally Prout, Sarah Cairns – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Vivi Turpin, Susie Smith, Brigette Baddeley,
Charles Redmaine, Mandy Shepherd, Nicky Anderson, Humphrey Butler, Annabelle Amenheneott, L A Fitness,
Colin Hampden-White, Alistair Lester, Peter Harding, Harriot Pleydell-Bouverie, Charles Parker, Ben Weatherall,
Miranda Searle, Rebecca Davies, Adrian Hill, Caro Fleming, James Bassett, Maj James Watson, Chris Finnegan,
Iain McIntyre, Michael Turner, Pete Crockett, Cara and Joe McKinney and the pupils and staff of the Old School
Henstead, the British Forces Cyprus Joint Service Nijmegen Marches Team - Sgt Karl Booth, Cpl Lee ‘Foz’ Foster,
Maj Nimal Jayatilaka, FS Lynton ‘Muff’ Mufford, Sgt Andy Holloway, Sgt Rachell Kay, Sgt Jenny Macfarlane, Cpl
Samantha Wood, Cpl Jess Sharman, Cpl Gary Woods, Cpl Luke Kirwan, SAC Greg ‘Pinky’ Floyd, SAC Julie Presley
and SAC Matthew Bresland, Nick Cranham, Tom Goldthorpe, Cambridge UOTC, CSM Lee Allen, CSgt Nicholas
‘Jonno’ Johnson, Sophie Peters, James Farrall, Jack Morgan, Ollie Forsyth, Jonathan Quicke, Hamish Van Gruisen,
Tom Kerridge, Chris Gambs, Richard Collins, Aly Mills, Chrissie Cunningham, Terrie and Dave Reading, Mia Fowler,
Gregory Distribution Ltd – John Gregory, Andy Walker, Carol Hancock, Simon Thomson and Andy Price, Orbital
Signs – Lee Davey, Dorset Flapjacks, Distant Horizons, The Cumbrian Mountain rescue team, Jamie Gillespie,
Dan Roiz-de-Sa, Vanessa Lewis, ‘Go Nuts’, Baffin Boots, Hilleberg, Asnes, DMM, Oakley, Prestat, Light My Fire.
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Twitter: @supportthewalk
Address: Walking With The Wounded, Stody Hall Barns,
Stody, Melton Constable, Norfolk NR24 2ED
Telephone: 01263 863 900 Charity Number: 1133558
Text Donation: Text WWTW01 £10 to 70070 to donate £10