Veterans, friends and family members joined Tees Mayoral Candidate, Jessie Joe Jacobs, to do a Christmas walk from South Gare to Skinngrove to raise funds for ‘Walking With The Wounded’, a charity aimed at supporting veterans move on in life.

Dressed in Santa hats, with one brave walker wearing glitzy red Santa shorts, the group of walked twelve miles on a wet and windy day to raise awareness and support for the charity which supports veterans who are vulnerable and need help to rebuild their lives. They help with mental health, overcoming trauma and getting into work.

Jessie Joe Jacobs says, “When I was first asked to do a twelve mile walk with ex-veterans, I was absolutely honoured. Most people in the Tees have a family member or someone they know who has served in the forces. I was brought up by a granddad who served in World War Two, I’ve a cousin served in Afghanistan, but neither spoke about it. Because people don’t talk about the things that are traumatic.

“I used to run charities and I know how trauma can impact people’s ability to get on in life and so I couldn’t think of a more deserving charity. Everyone needs and deserves the best support in life to find a job, address trauma and live fulfilling lives and it’s great that charities are there to support those who have served our nation to get their lives back on track.”

James Taylor, ex-Marine and one of the walkers, says, “I want to thank all the lads, and Jessie Joe Jacobs, and give a big shout out to Phill Tyreman who inspired all of us to take part. The money we have raised will help ex-military and their families to overcome challenges and help them focus on the positives in life. Thank you to all the lovely people who donated to the cause.

“I served in the Royal marines for nine years and I totally understand what this means to ex-servicemen and families having experienced difficult times myself.

“I really want the ‘Walking With The Wounded’ Christmas walk to carry on each year and get bigger, better and also to put the word out there about this amazing charity.”

Phill Tyreman, organiser of the event, says, “We have seen some tragedies in Saltburn and so we want to see Saltburn be the place where we fight back for people with mental health issues. We walked those cliffs united, to give people a better start in life.”

For more info on Walking With The Wounded see here

To donate to the walkers see here

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