The main aim of A Short Walk Home is to raise money for the fantastic charity Walking With The Wounded. I’ve set a goal of £25,000 and with your help I’m pretty confident that I can break that barrier – I’ve already received some extremely generous donations…
This is their mission statement:
Support all veterans with physical, mental or social injury to gain the skills and qualifications necessary to develop new careers outside the military, re-integrate into society and provide long-term security for themselves and their families
Please have a look at their website to find out more about the charity and the work that they do looking after our veterans and their families.
Andrew Cook, Head of Fundraising for Walking With The Wounded, said:
This is a truly extraordinary undertaking and one which represents the charities brand as well as those courageous men and women whom our fundraising efforts go to support.
We would urge anyone reading about this expedition to show their support by sponsoring him. To give Ed’s efforts some context, the £25,000 he is attempting to raise for our charity has the potential to support 50 veterans through our mental injury program – it would be an incredible achievement.
Major Kate Philp, Royal Artillery, an amputee after being wounded in Afghanistan, and a member of the WWTW 2013 South Pole Expedition Team, who was in the same company as Ed at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2002, said:
What Ed is embarking upon is an awesome challenge in the true sense of the word. This will be no mean feat, both physically and mentally, as Ed himself has highlighted. By putting himself through this arduous experience, Ed is demonstrating his ardent support for a charity that itself goes to extreme lengths to raise awareness of, and give practical support to, those disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
This imaginative challenge, incorporating battlefield commemorations en route, touchingly pays its respects to veterans of both past and present conflicts, helping to ensure that none will be forgotten: however, wherever and whenever they have suffered. I thank Ed and I urge you to support him in this endeavour.
If you’d like to sponsor my attempt to walk across Europe, then please click on this link to go to my Justgiving Page. Please remember to check the Gift Aid box as well! Every penny that you sponsor me through this just giving page will go to Walking With The Wounded.
If you would rather send a cheque or a CAF Cheque, please post them to:
Ed Lloyd Owen, A Short Walk Home, Hill Farm House, Gt Dunham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2LP.
Click here to find out more about joining the team as a commercial sponsor. I am still looking for a title, some secondary and some kit sponsors – please get in touch if you would like to be involved.