Join the Walking Home for Christmas Workplace Challenge
Walking Home for Christmas is Walking With The Wounded’s campaign to support homeless and other vulnerable veterans this Christmas. As well as raising vital funds for ex-servicemen and women, the campaign highlights the benefits of walking for mental health and wellbeing.
This December, Walking With The Wounded is asking the British public to sign up to the Walking Home for Christmas campaign. The charity hopes to raise a quarter of a million pounds which will enable them to change the lives of more than 400 ex-servicemen and women.
Andy Sloan, Events Manager at Walking With The Wounded said:
“Too many of our ex-military have little to look forward to this Christmas. They’ve walked in far more dangerous environments for us, so it is the least we can all do to organise a walk for them. We want people to throw on a Santa hat, call up old friends and raise some funds so that we can support these men and women back into work, back into independence and into a place where they can look forward to and enjoy Christmas with their families.”
In addition to supporting these vulnerable men and women, Rod Eldridge, Clinical Lead at Walking With The Wounded, reminds us that:
“Walking as a form of physical activity is well known to be associated with improving mental health, particularly lowering rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.”
It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have up to a 30% lower risk of depression and up to a 30% lower risk of dementia. According to NHS Choices, some scientists think that it can improve mental wellbeing because it brings about a sense of greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge.
Workplace Challenge is encouraging local businesses to rally their troops and get walking to support the campaign between Friday 8th December and Sunday 17th December. Walk to your Christmas dinner, walk between meetings or reward staff for signing up. There’s nothing like a bit of workplace rivalry and a worthy cause to up your mileage. Sign up and start logging those miles!