Gareth Watkins

Charity

Walking With The Wounded
Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) was established in 2010 to raise funds to finance the re-training of wounded servicemen and women and in so doing assist them in acquiring the skills and qualifications necessary to find new careers outside the military. Our ability to fundraise effectively ensures we can finance new qualifications, courses and further education through our First Steps Bursary Scheme as well as via organisations and projects; such as The Warrior Programme and The Poppy Factory. This enables the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to rebuild their lives and return to the work place and in so doing provide long-term security for themselves and their families. In conjunction with individual fundraising events, Walking With The Wounded also promotes awareness of the charity, our wounded community and the challenges faced by all those living with disability by undertaking high profile expeditions with wounded veterans and serving soldiers that are generously funded by corporate donors. These corporate sponsorships allow private donations such as yours to go exclusively towards the work we do helping re-educate and retrain our injured veterans. Following the success of our previous expeditions to the North Pole in 2011 and Mount Everest in 2012, this year’s expedition, the South Pole Allied Challenge, is our most ambitious yet, and involves three teams of wounded servicemen and women from the United Kingdom, the United States and the Commonwealth embarking on a race to the Geographic South Pole this December. At a time when so many charities are asking for people's generosity, we are hugely grateful for any donations which are made. Please follow our build up to the expedition at www.walkingwiththewounded.co.uk Many thanks for your support.
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Gareth Watkins - Marathon Des Sables

Fundraiser: 
Gareth Watkins

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GarethWatkinsMDS

I have done some crazy things in my life, but I think this takes the biscuit...

I am competing in the 2017 Marathon des Sables which starts on 9th April. A 150 mile, self sufficient, ultra marathon through the Sahara Desert. A marathon a day for 6.5 days and temperatures up to 45°C earns this race the title of the toughest foot race on earth - http://marathondessables.co.uk/

My training is progressing with a couple of marathons under my belt, many long muddy walks, Bikram yoga, extended sauna sessions at 85°C and some heat chamber acclimatisation sessions. I hadn't planned on a knee operation in January to fix a torn meniscus! I’ve also been off the booze since January (well, I have severely reduced my intake!)

Kit has been refined to reduce weight to a minimum and I have special trail running shoes with super cushioned soles and Velcro to attach my desert gaiters. I've been testing a variety of freeze dried meals that I will carry and eat and now have selected my high calorie diet for the race.

I am raising money for Walking With The Wounded who: 

  • Support veterans with physical, mental or social injuries on their journey to long-term security, independence and employment.
  • Includes supporting homeless veterans, veterans in the criminal justice system and those in need of mental health support.
  • Have projects in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Catterick, Aldershot, Colchester and Bristol with more opening soon.

All money raised will go directly to WWTW as I have funded my own place In the race (Virgin Giving take a very small fee, much less than Just Giving).

Knowing I am raising money for such a worthy cause will be a fantastic incentive to just put one foot in front of the other when things get tough.

Thank you for any support you can provide.

Many thanks. Gareth

Recent donors

25.04.17 Well done Gareth!

24.04.17 A tremendous achievement, well done! I hope for your nearest and dearest that the future is not a lifetime of ultra trails...

24.04.17 Very well done, Gareth. Inspirational stuff indeed!

22.04.17 Congratulations Gareth! An amazing achievement for a very worthy cause.

20.04.17 With no Facebook, we're late to the party...but fantastic challenge and well done. We hope you managed to enjoy it along the way.

18.04.17 Nice job fat lad

18.04.17 Well done Gareth! Antonia xx

18.04.17 Sorry for not getting round to doing this before you went. An incredible achievement, very well done and I am glad you made it back ok.

17.04.17 You're nuts! Look forward to hearing all about it! Carolyn and Vinit

15.04.17 Well done.

14.04.17 I can't believe you are actually there, doing this crazy challenge! Well done!

13.04.17 All the best for this crazy challenge!

12.04.17 Fantastic challenge Gareth - well done you. Love and best of luck from The Regans xx

06.04.17 Best of luck!

06.04.17 GL!!! Enjoy (???) it.

06.04.17 I have no words..!

05.04.17 The question is still "why"?!

05.04.17 good luck fella.. will have plenty of gin and tonics and beers when you get back (hopefully you'll be able to make it too!)

05.04.17 I can't believe you are doing this! I am officially impressed. Good luck.

05.04.17 Unreal effort. Best of luck!

05.04.17 Good luck from the Calasciones and engadin team

04.04.17 Good luck Gareth, looking forward to hearing all the stories over a beer or two!

02.04.17 Absolutely in awe of what you are about to take on! Good luck and all the very best... Please look after yourself and take care. You will do this! Lots of love, Simon and Alicia xxx

31.03.17 Good luck!!! Sure you will love it (though maybe not until you cross the finish line...) Look out for that camel! x

31.03.17 I hope it will be an amazing experience, challenging I am sure, but one you will always remember!

£3,190.00

Running total

Target:
£2,500.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£3,626.25
Total donors:
59
Last donor:
Daniele Rubertelli
25.04.17  
Offline fundraising:
£1,250.00