A 1000 mile stroll for wounded veterans

Walking with the Wounded team photographed in Henderson Park with the Coldstream Bridge in the background before the group crossed the border into Northumberland
Walking with the Wounded team photographed in Henderson Park with the Coldstream Bridge in the background before the group crossed the border into Northumberland

Six veterans strode across the border at Coldstream at the beginning of week two of their 1,000 mile, 72 day walk from Scotland to London for Walking with the Wounded.

The core team of four British wounded veterans (Stewart Hill, Matt Fisher, Alec Robotham Scott Ransley) and two US wounded (Kirsty Ennis and Andrew Bement) walked the Berwickshire coastal route on Sunday and after an overnight stay in Berwick Youth Hostel they travelled to Coldstream where they were piped on the next stage of their journey way by Coldstream piper Rob Bell, as they headed to Chillingham Castle.

All six have either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty in Afghanistan. As they recover they all stepped up to the challenge of the Walk of Britain 2015 to raise money for Walking with the Wounded that helps to retrain and re-skill wounded military personnel and support them in finding new careers outside the military.

They set off from the north of Scotland walking the 1000 miles to Buckingham Palace, via towns and cities that have historic, sponsorship, personal and military connections along the way.

Averaging 20 miles a day the team are often accompanied by others along the way, and they set off from Coldstream with BBC Radio Newcastle reporter Anthony Day in tow for the three days it would take to walk to Newcastle.

Alex Robotham said of their walk along the Berwickshire coast on Sunday, August 30: “I didn’t think we could top the Ben Nevis day, but this route has definitely been my favourite of them so far. We had great weather and views all day long, so I’m really happy.”

The Berwickshire coastal and its seascapes was also a highlight for Stewart Hill, who added: “The generosity of people, not just in financial terms but in support of what we are doing once they knew about it has been another highlight.”

Edward Parker, co-founder and CEO of Walking With The Wounded commented: “The first week went incredibly well despite some challenging days, including reaching the Ben Nevis summit in record time. It is fantastic to meet communities who have been so supportive of the military and Walking With The Wounded and who are coming out in droves to support the team on their journey.”