Training has begun for Team HL as a group of 12 fundraisers readies itself for the gruelling Cumbrian Challenge in a bid to raise more than £5,000 to help support injured veterans.
On May 13th, Harris Lamb will join a host of other teams in the Lake District to take part in Walking With The Wounded’s flagship event; a tough 21-mile hike centred around raising vital funds to re-educate and re-train wounded service-men and women.
Tom Morley, who is leading the team, says: “Last year, six of us completed the Cumbrian Challenge, and this year, 12 of us will tackle the trail. We’ve now started to train together for the big weekend, and we’ve even been joined by colleagues who can’t make the Challenge itself but want to show their support.
“Our first hike was a 15-mile walk through Long Mynd in Shropshire, and was a success – everyone finished and no one got hurt! In the coming weeks, we’ll try tougher terrains and longer routes, all in readiness for the challenge ahead. Last year we raised £5,000 for Walking With The Wounded, and we’re hoping that we’ll exceed that this year, especially as we’re putting forward three teams.
This year Tom will be joined by Charles D’Auncey, Rob Pinks, Andy Groves, Kristie Loakes, Jonathan Aspinall, Simon Hawley, Justin Marshall, Samrine Aslam, Bal Dhillon and Lee Woodcock, as well as Gert Corfield, from Harris Lamb’s client Dignity.
Tom said: “Walking With The Wounded was set up seven years ago, and raises funds for the re-education and re-training of wounded servicemen and women who were forced to leave the Armed Forces as a result of their injuries and were not prepared for the move from one career to another.
“WWTW helps fund training and education to help them find a career, so that they can support themselves and re-build a life in the civilian workplace, while also providing a support network to all injured veterans. It’s a very worthwhile cause and we’re hoping we can really help to make a difference,” he added.
The 29km hike will take the team in 2,000m of ascents including the peaks of Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag, Fairfield and Great Rigg – a route described by the organisers as ‘going to “Hel” and back’.
Last year, a record 160 teams took part in the Cumbrian Challenge, taking on one of three challenging routes in spectacular conditions, alongside beneficiaries of the military charity and previous members of its fundraising expeditions to Everest and around Britain.
Each team taking part commits to raising a minimum of £1,000 to help a wounded veteran back into employment.
The team can be sponsored by visiting http://www.