I've seen first hand the amazing work that the Walking With The Wounded team over at Manchester do every day, transforming lives in the process.
My colleague Swati and I met a veteran in the WWTW emergency accommodation kitchen at Canada Street in Manchester. He told us how he had left the forces and had had trouble adjusting to civilian life. His relationship broke down, he couldn't turn to his family and he ended up living out of his car.
Gary Lamb, WWTW Director at Manchester had supported him in finding a job. 'No one has ever really been there for me before, but Gary has'. When he said, 'I've never had anywhere of my own, but tomorrow I'm moving into my own flat' Swati and I were in tears. We went to the Trafford Centre to buy him a 'welcome to your new home' kettle, but both knew that buying a kettle doesn't solve problems, dedicated infrastructure is needed to create lasting change.
I am privileged to work within the field of social impact now and so I am mega passionate about working with WWTW to help their veterans transition into sustainable employment with my company A-Plant (soon to be known as Sunbelt Rentals UK). I am so proud that we have been able to enter a number of teams to the Cumbrian Challenge this year.
In memory of my great uncle Leslie Annis, killed in action age 20, Bomber Command 51 Squadron
I'm supporting our wounded. Are you with me?
I've joined a team taking on the Cumbrian Challenge - to support those who served. We're taking on a big walking route around the Lake District alongside teams of veterans who are getting their lives back on track thanks to Walking With The Wounded.
My ask is quite simple. Please dig deep, or sign up a team to take us on.
Why? We're the lucky ones with jobs, families, homes. Most people leave the military without any issue, but for a small minority it isn't so easy.
Walking With The Wounded support the veterans who are struggling with their mental health, who are hard to reach, socially isolated, homeless, in police custody... men and women with little to look forward to but who want to get back into society and employment – which is at the heart of what WWTW does.
Please help me and my team hit our £2k target. Every £675 can enable a veteran or their immediate family to access 1-2-1 private mental health therapy within an average of 4 days of referral. Imagine that.
Thank you so much in advance for your support.
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