Prince Harry backs Walking with Wounded
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A CHARITY walk supported by Prince Harry will set off from Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown this weekend.
Walking With The Wounded will embark on a 1,000 mile journey to Buckingham Palace on Saturday morning at 11am.
It will take the team 72 days to complete the walk.
The Military Wives Choir and local pipe band will herald the start of the walk.
The Walk of Britain expedition will see six wounded veterans walk over 1,000 miles through mainland UK throughout August, September and October.
The walk will engage with local communities and the media every day to highlight the extraordinary determination of wounded personnel and to raise awareness of the work that Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) is doing across the country to support the wounded back into independence through long term employment.
The core team of four British wounded veterans and two US wounded will be joined by other wounded personnel each week in different parts of the country. The wounded service personnel all have either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty.
The walk will finish at Buckingham Palace on November 1.
Four peaks will be summited, including Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Pen Y Fan.
Prince Harry has supported Walking With The Wounded since the charity was formed, taking part in the trek to the North Pole in 2011 and to The South Pole in 2013. He was also Patron of the WWTW Everest Expedition in 2012 and is again the Expedition Patron for The Walk of Britain and will be joining the team along the way.
Edward Parker, co-founder and CEO of Walking With The Wounded commented: "Walking over 1,000 miles is no mean feat. Yet again, we will be able to demonstrate that despite injuries these men and women look to their future with great determination and courage. We are also very excited about walking amongst the communities who have been so supportive of the military and Walking With The Wounded and we look forward to them coming out to support the team on their journey."
On their journey the team will be joined by other wounded colleagues to lend their support as well as a number of celebrities. They will also be joined by the wonderful Military Wives, ladies so close to the military, unstinting in their support for husbands, brothers, partners.
The Scout Association is encouraging local groups to join the walk as part of a project to encourage ex-servicemen and women to become adult volunteers in Scouting.
The team hope that as they travel through the country, people will turn out and support them, and everyone will get behind them as they head towards their goal.
You can find out more at http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/walkofbritain2015