Harrogate area welcomes wounded war veteran walkers

NARG 15090710AM2 Wounded charity walk.  The Mayor of Ripon  Pauline McHardy chats with walker Kirstie Ennis and her fellow walkers. (15090710AM2)
NARG 15090710AM2 Wounded charity walk. The Mayor of Ripon Pauline McHardy chats with walker Kirstie Ennis and her fellow walkers. (15090710AM2)

Six wounded veterans walking more than 1,000 miles from Scotland to London have been welcome at venues in the Harrogate area this past week.

The feat is raising 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.

NARG 15090710AM1 Wounded charity walk. The Mayor of Ripon  Pauline McHardy welcomes the Wounded Charity Walk walkers Scott Ransley, Andrew Bement, Alec Robottom, Matt Fisher and Kirstie Ennis. Also in the picture are Ashley Mackie (co founder of YESSS)  Ripon Hornblower Jim Vauvert, Adam Mackie (co founder of YESSS) Mayor's Sergeant Geoff Johnson, Dave Brown (regional manager for YESSS), Staff members and well wishers.((15090710AM1)

NARG 15090710AM1 Wounded charity walk. The Mayor of Ripon Pauline McHardy welcomes the Wounded Charity Walk walkers Scott Ransley, Andrew Bement, Alec Robottom, Matt Fisher and Kirstie Ennis. Also in the picture are Ashley Mackie (co founder of YESSS) Ripon Hornblower Jim Vauvert, Adam Mackie (co founder of YESSS) Mayor's Sergeant Geoff Johnson, Dave Brown (regional manager for YESSS), Staff members and well wishers.((15090710AM1)

The core team of four British wounded veterans and two US wounded stopped at Tadcaster Grammar School on Friday, en route to its final destination in London on November 1, when it will finish on The Mall and at Buckingham Palace.

The team will be joined by other wounded personnel each week in different parts of the country. Former student and Army captain from Tadcaster, David Wiseman, joined the team to lend his support.

“This was the most amazing event for the school,” said publicity officer Wendy Binns.

“Each member of the team stood up before the students and told them how they were injured, when and where, what injuries they sustained, how this has affected their life now and how WWTW has helped them.

From left: Andrew Bement, Alec Robotham, Scott Ransley, David Wiseman, Kirstie Ennis, Ed Parker (Charity Event Organiser and Co-Founder of WWTW) and Stewart Hill. Missing from the photograph: Matt Fisher. picture: Wendy Binns

From left: Andrew Bement, Alec Robotham, Scott Ransley, David Wiseman, Kirstie Ennis, Ed Parker (Charity Event Organiser and Co-Founder of WWTW) and Stewart Hill. Missing from the photograph: Matt Fisher. picture: Wendy Binns

“One of the team, Matt Fisher, was unable to continue the journey today because he has a prosthetic leg and with all the walking to date it needed some attention, but he will join the party later.

“It was so wonderful to have David Wiseman with us at school as support for the team, with him being an ex-student and resident of Tadcaster.

“We wish them all every success with their walk and Tadcaster Grammar School will be holding various fundraising events to help raise awareness and funds in the next few weeks.

“How inspiring their stories were, how humbling, such courage and cheerful despite their horrific injuries.”

David Wiseman speaking to the students at Tadcaster Grammar School during a Walking With The Wounded Assembly, before the team set off from the school on their next stage of the 1,000 mile Walk Of Britain.'picture: Wendy Binns

David Wiseman speaking to the students at Tadcaster Grammar School during a Walking With The Wounded Assembly, before the team set off from the school on their next stage of the 1,000 mile Walk Of Britain.'picture: Wendy Binns

Students at the school have been learning all about the vital work of the charity and will be undertaking several fundraising activities on their behalf.

The six wounded veterans also received much-needed tea and cake at the Veterans Artisan Bakery, Catterick, manned by veterans who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness. The team was joined earlier this week by conqueror of Mount Everest, Sir Chris Bonington.

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And they're off - leaving Tadcaster Grammar School on the next stage of their 1,000 journey, from left: David Wiseman, Kirstie Ennis, Scott Ransley, Andrew Bement, Alec Robotham and Stewart Hill'Picture: Wendy Binns

And they're off - leaving Tadcaster Grammar School on the next stage of their 1,000 journey, from left: David Wiseman, Kirstie Ennis, Scott Ransley, Andrew Bement, Alec Robotham and Stewart Hill'Picture: Wendy Binns