Riverside Veterans Join Walk of Britain

Cause UK client Riverside featured on ITN News on 30 October for its support for the Walk of Britain.

Veterans from Riverside’s Mike Jackson House joined the six wounded veterans walking 1,000 miles in ten weeks to raise money for Walking With The Wounded for the 16 mile stretch from Aldershot to Bracknell. The team received a big send off, with the Mayor of Rushmore and Garrison commander in attendance.

The Walk Of Britain, which began on 22 August in Scotland, will be completed on November 1st at Buckingham Palace, as the team are met by Prince Harry.

Mike Jackson House provides 25 self-contained flats for single ex-service personnel who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Chris Symons, Support Team Leader at Riverside’s Mike Jackson House, said: “Riverside provide holistic support to veterans across the UK, helping them to find long term accommodation as well as access to health and well-being services such as counselling. We also provide a helpline called SPACES, 01748 833797, for single people leaving any of the Armed Services who have no permanent home to go to. We work closely with Walking with the Wounded in regard to getting our veterans into employment, and it’s a privilege to assist them in their fundraising journey.”

Two of the Mike Jackson House veterans joining the walk were Dave McNeilly and Duncan Welton.

Duncan, 43, has been a resident of Mike Jackson House since March. He served 11 years with tours in the Falklands, Kosovo and Northern Ireland. Duncan developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, his marriage broke down and he lost his job after suffering depression and suicidal thoughts. As a triathlete, he was undaunted by the physical challenge of the walk.

He said: “I was lucky that I found Mike Jackson House when I needed it most when I was made homeless. The staff have been very supportive and I have been able to increase my confidence and find a job. I’ve had the time to rebuild my life in a supportive environment. My message to other veterans is that there is help out there for you.”

The Walk Of Britain is supported by Patron, HRH Prince Henry of Wales who said, “The public’s support for our Armed Forces continues to be extraordinary. However, as the memory of our military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan fade, we must encourage people to continue supporting our servicemen and women; particularly those who are seeking to transition into civilian life. This process can be challenging, as it is for anyone seeking a new career.”