Prince Harry will attend the launch event for Walking With The Wounded’s (WWTW) “Walk of Britain” at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London. Harry is Patron of the charity.
The Prince will meet the wounded service personnel taking part in the trek. He will hear about their personal experiences of serving in the Armed Forces and what made them chose to they are taking part in the Walk of Britain.
During the event, Harry will present a short speech with expedition team member, wounded veteran and co-founder of WWTW, Ed Parker.
He will also deliver a short speech at the event alongside an expedition team member, who is a wounded veteran currently benefitting from the charity’s support, and Walking with the Wounded’s Co-Founder, Ed Parker.
“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,” Harry commented in 2012.
“It aims to harness their determination and energy, whilst adjusting their mindset to face the numerous challenges that lie ahead. The adventures exemplify the tenacity and remarkable courage of those who serve in uniform,” he concluded.
The Walk of Britain will see five wounded veterans embark on a 1,000 mile walk 1,000 through mainland UK. The goal is for veterans to connect with local communities every day to draw attention to the remarkable fortitude of wounded personnel. They will also raise awareness of the work that WWTW is doing in the community to champion the wounded back into an independent lifestyle through employment.
Other wounded personnel, the Cadets, Scouts, sponsors and the Military Wives Choir will join the team in various parts of the country to lend their support.
The Walk will start on 22nd August in Scotland and finish in London on 31st October, via the North East, North West, Wales, Midlands, South West, South East and East Anglia.
WWTW’s goal is to raise awareness of the incredible courage, daily struggle and fierce determination of wounded servicemen and women. It is also to raise money to help assist in career placement and job training for the wounded and sick who are no longer serving.
Prince Harry has supported WWTW since the charity was formed, taking part in their trek to the North Pole in 2011 and South Pole in 2013. He was also Patron of the WWTW Everest Expedition in 2012.
The 2013 trek to the South Pole consisted of three teams raising money for their respective charities. The United Kingdom for WWTW, Australia for Soldier On, the United States for Soldiers to Summits and Canada for Soldier On.
“These men and women have given their all in the cause of freedom, in our cause, and that they should once again step into the breach, this time facing down the extreme physical and mental challenges of trekking to the South Pole, just underlines their remarkable qualities,” Prince Harry commented in the statement during the launch of South Pole Allied Challenge 2013.
On 13, December 2013, The Walking With the Wounded teams arrived at the South Pole on Friday. At 13:25 GMT the group made it to the bottom of the world after three grueling weeks of walking and sled pulling.
The competition aspect of the expedition ended due to the extreme weather conditions and arduous terrain. The twelve injured serviceman and women from the UK, US and Commonwealth, banded together as one team to complete the 200 mile trek.
For more information on Walking With The Wounded, please visit their website: Walking With The Wounded.
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