Last weekend, nine of the Tritility team took part in the Cumbrian Challenge, raising a fantastic total of £4,300 for the charity Walking with the Wounded, to help support and rehabilitate veterans. Here Marketing Executive Rebecca Carins shares her account of the event.
An email came up on my screen. The subject: Take part in an amazing challenge and help vulnerable veterans. Well, If the past 18 months had taught me anything, it was that life is too short to hold back. I replied saying I was in.
That was in March 2021. Fast forward to 6am on 11th September, and I was trying to find my persistent alarm in a lovely damp tent. The long-awaited Cumbrian Challenge had arrived.
We had three teams taking part in the Cumbrian Challenge in support of Walking with the Wounded. Two of these, including myself, taking on the 9 Peaks ‘Tough’ route and one who tackled the 13 Peaks ‘Tougher’ route. Our team names were very accurate; The Tritility Stumblers, Who Dares Gins and Mountain Rescue On Speed Dial.
Setting off from Grasmere Sport Centre, we joined over 600 other walkers in supporting and raising money for this fantastic charity. Many other participants were veterans themselves, sharing their inspiring stories of how Walking with the Wounded had supported them over the years.
Of course, the weather wasn’t going to make this challenge any easier. High winds, rain and fog made the day even more gruelling, but still our three teams powered on. Our Tritility Stumblers even finished in the top 10 for the Tougher route.
Walking with the Wounded
Over the course of the weekend, we heard from many veterans all with an inspiring or heart-breaking story to tell. But the one common link to them all was the outstanding support they had received from this Charity. Walking With The Wounded helps create a pathway for disadvantaged veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. They offer assistance to vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service. The life saving work from this charity really is invaluable.
The Cumbrian Challenge will return in May and I plan to be there once again. If you think you’re up for the challenge and want to learn more about the walk, visit their website.