Walking with the Wounded veterans to arrive in Northumberland

The Walking with the Wounded team.
The Walking with the Wounded team.

Four British and two US wounded veterans are currently undertaking a 1,100 mile walk of Britain and their journey brings them to north Northumberland early next week, with a stopover at Chillingham.

After spending Sunday night in Coldstream, the six veterans, who are raising money for Walking with the Wounded, will set off on day ten of their 72-day journey – leaving Coldstream at 9.30am on Monday and heading across into England and their next resting place at Chillingham Castle.

Ed Parker, co-founder of Walking with the Wounded, whose patron is Prince Harry, is hoping that local people will give him and his team a big send off at Coldstream and the Coldstream Guards Association and members of the Legion are already lined up to see them off.

The Walk of Britain expedition started in northern Scotland on August 22 and is due to finish at Buckingham Palace on November 1, passing through 150 villages, towns and cities along the way.

On their journey, the team will be joined by other wounded colleagues to lend their support.

On Tuesday, their second day in the North East, the walkers will call into Alnwick, where they will meet the Duchess of Northumberland in her role as Lord Lieutenant, before heading off to Amble.

The core team consists of Stewart Hill, Matt Fisher, Alec Robotham, Scott Ransley, Kirstie Ennis and Andrew Bement.

Stewart suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009 while commanding B Company, 2 MERCIAN, in Afghanistan, which has resulted in brain impairments within his executive function brain area, chronic fatigue, memory problems, severe and persistent tinnitus and bilateral hearing loss.

Matt sustained a gunshot wound to his left foot on Boxing Day 2009 in Afghanistan which resulted in subsequent elective left-leg amputation 12 months later.

Alec suffered severe right-leg trauma as a result of shrapnel damage from a suicide bomb incident while on operation in the Helmand district of Afghanistan in 2010. He also suffered puncture wounds in his right leg, right arm, secured hearing damage and a left foot drop (metal plate was then inserted).

Scott is blind in his right eye as a result of an IED blast while clearing an IED factory.

Kirstie suffered full thickness facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial reconstruction, damage to her cervical and lumbar spine, hearing impairment, bilateral shoulder trauma, a traumatic brain injury, and left foot limb salvage.

Andrew suffers from PSTD with depression and suffered a traumatic brain injury, resulting in diminished executive functioning.

Mr Parker said: “Walking more than 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.”

The Buy A Mile fund-raising initiative aims to raise £20,000 towards the overall fund-raising total. You can Buy A Mile for £10, £20, £50 and £100.

To find out more about the walk and to make a donation go to http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/walkofbritain2015/