Event hosted by charity Walking With The Wounded
MORE than £100,000 has been raised to help support struggling ex-servicemen and women after more than 400 competitors took to the fells for an inspirational fundraiser in the heart of the Lake District.
On Saturday as the sun shone down over South Cumbria, more than 100 teams took part in this year's Cumbrian Challenge in a bid to raise funds for veterans charity, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW).
The charity, of which Prince Harry is a patron, provides support to those who have struggled since leaving the armed forces.
Now in its sixth year, the Cumbrian Challenge has brought in more than £1million for charity.
Each team that takes part in the Cumbrian Challenge, enables WWTW to support a wounded ex-serviceman or woman back into independence through one of their programmes.
Individuals like Mark who suffered in silence from PTSD for 28 years before ‘finding’ Walking With The Wounded.
He said: “It is very difficult to describe the pain of reliving a trauma and the hard road to recovery, but without this charity I would not be here today and my two sons would go through life knowing they couldn't do anything to help.
"Two years on and I am extremely happy. Facing life with a purpose, a realisation that I am actually worthy and I do have a future."
Competitors had the choice of completing three different routes – Peak (15km), Tough (23km) and Tougher (30km) and set off at 7.30am on Saturday morning from Grasmere Sports Ground, with a countdown and confetti scattered over them in celebration of the Royal Wedding.
Walkers were also able to stop and celebrate as the charity's patron tied the knot at the top of Blake Rigg,where glasses of fizz were handed out.
Events and partnerships manager, Andy Sloan said: “To break the £1m barrier for the cause is a huge achievement and testament to the many people stepping forward to take part.
"It’s an extraordinary event which is why old friends keep coming back and new teams keep getting involved.
"Everyone goes away with a very real sense of achievement – both physically and mentally - after meeting and hearing from the men and women they are supporting.”
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