TMCA | Walking home for Christmas: Walking with the Wounded
TMCA Secretary Cheri Hicks is about to embark on a personal mission, supporting Walking with the wounded’s fundraiser ‘Walking home for Christmas.’
Who are Walking with the wounded?
Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded (WWW), a military charity for ex-military personnel in the UK, supports a pathway for disadvantaged veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.
WWW recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and want to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. WWW offer assistance through their programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in sustaining their independence through new sustainable careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.
The outcome? Sustainable employment, and independence for them and their families.
What is Walking home for Christmas?
COVID has created a new battlefield and a mental health crisis that particularly impacts on ex-military and their families who are in urgent need of mental health care.
Walking Home for Christmas is Walking With The Wounded’s annual, nationwide walking challenge to support the NHS – empowering ex-military and their families who are in a downward spiral due to poor mental health to thrive once more.
The coronavirus crisis has created huge challenges for WWW as a charity to be able to continue supporting ex- military and their families in need of urgent mental health support. This event will be COVID-compliant. It will be rewarding, memorable, exhilarating and impactful.
The gritty reality is that participation helps save jobs, homes and lives.
The Traffic Management Contractors Association (TMCA) was established in 1989.
The Traffic Management Contractors Association (TMCA) celebrates 31 years “in business” this year as it was established in 1989 (encouraged by the Department for Transport) as a trade association to represent the views of its members, and to further the development (and increase safety) with regard to temporary traffic management systems at major roadworks and all other traffic management sites on a national basis.
Members have participated in and or led most of the innovation and safety improvements in the TTM industry since then.
Cheri told us:
“I realise many out there suffer with mental health issues, but I feel that our people and own government forget our service people in a lot of ways – not just this one.
“So, I wanted to give something back for those that gave us what we have today. I just wanted to do something for someone else as I’m lucky with what I have.”