Electrical wholesaler, YESSS Electrical, has welcomed six veterans to Yorkshire to mark the beginning of week three of the epic Walk of Britain – a 1,000 mile, 72 day expedition from Scotland to London. All six individuals have either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty.
Walking With The Wounded’s latest endeavour, the Walk Of Britain, presented by YESSS Electrical, will see six wounded veterans walk more than 1,000 miles through mainland UK throughout August, September and October, finishing at Buckingham Palace on 1 November.
The walk is engaging with local communities every day to highlight the extraordinary determination of our 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. During Week Three, the team will be joined by Invictus Games Gold medallist David Wiseman on the 11 and 12 September. Wiseman suffered a gunshot wound to his chest whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2009. Following extensive surgery and months of rehab he took on Everest with Walking With The Wounded and has continued his charitable work for other wounded personnel ever since.
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.
The Walk Of Britain is fully funded by sponsors, with Yorkshire-based YESSS Electrical being the title partner of the expedition.
Adam Mackie, co-founder of YESSS Electrical, said: “We are immensely proud to be supporting The Walk of Britain. We had the great privilege, last year, to be a partner sponsor of the Invictus Games. During this experience we were profoundly impressed, and motivated, by the men and women competing who exhibited such a strength in their convictions, and exemplary moral integrity.
“As the Walk of Britain enters the Yorkshire phase, we will be joining the team to support them as they pass through the region on this incredible journey. Staff at our branches in the region are backing the team with in-store activities and we are fundraising across our UK branch network for this great cause.”