24 May 2019
In another year of support for Walking With The Wounded, two WYG teams accepted the Cumbrian Challenge on 18th May of trekking 29 kilometres around the mountainous Lake District area and climbing nearly 2,000 metres in the process.
Each team, formed of members from across various disciplines and offices, took on the arduous journey to raise funds for the charity initiative which helps vulnerable veterans trying to re-enter employment and society at large. Whether they’re dealing with mental health issues, unemployment, homelessness, or the stigma of previous incarcerations, these veterans have faced more than enough hardships and we’re thankful to our colleagues for their concerted effort to make a difference.
Helen Haigh, Senior Project Manager at WYG, who organised the Leeds team’s involvement, said: “Thanks to everyone who has donated and for the kind generosity you’ve shown for this admirable cause. Some of the beneficiaries took part in the walk and it was touching to hear how this charity has helped to rescue them from a dark place and they can now move on with their lives once again.”
While the physical challenge may have been completed, the fundraisers for both groups remain active. If you’d like to help support this cause, please visit the fundraiser pages here and here; every £675 can enable a veteran to access private mental health therapy within an average of four days of referral.
At WYG, we pride ourselves on our history working with the military, with roughly 15 percent of our project team being either Reservist or ex-military. Veterans bring with them many leadership and technical skills that prepare them for our business environment, and we have a responsibility to recognise this and help provide them with independence for both themselves and their families.
We would like to thank all the individuals below on teams ‘Come On Roisin’ and ‘The G Team’ for volunteering:
If you’d like to learn more about the Walking With The Wounded charity, please visit its website.