Ian Banks-Schofield


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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Ian Banks-Schofield

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Not long to go until I start the Marathon Des Sables

As you may be aware on the 7th of April I will be undertaking a tough and gruelling challenge, this isn’t your normal fundraising marathon, cycle ride or tough Mudder event this will be the biggest race of my life and, in fact, one of the biggest races in the world, on the 7th of April I will be flying to Morocco to take part in the infamous Marathon des Sables, described by the Discovery Channel as ‘the toughest footrace on earth’. A gruelling 250km self-sufficient across the Sahara desert in up to 40C heat over 6 competitive days (further details of the race can be found below). http://marathondessables.co.uk/

 In parallel with this journey, I have also been raising money for charity. As a small child my father was A S/SGT in the Royal Engineers, unfortunately in June 1972 we lost him due to a terrorist attack in Belfast. Growing up I always wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and at 16 years old I Joined The Corps of Royal Engineers as an Apprentice Tradesman.

As an Royal Engineer for 10 years I served on Operational deployments in many countries including Northern Ireland prior to the Good Friday Agreement and in Bosnia during the troubles there. I have seen first-hand the effects these deployments and in more recent conflicts have had in my colleagues both the physical and mental injuries they have sustained. So with this is mind, over the last 5 years I have been raising money for military based charities.

Not only am I raising money for Walking With the Wounded, I have the honour and the priveledge to be part of their official team and accompany a number of wounded veterans and amputees as part of the 25 person team. http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/marathon-des-sables-2017/ 

All the monies raised this year are being ring-fenced for the ‘Head-start’ program which assists veterans through a national network of accredited therapists they fund private face to face therapy for those with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety or PTSD and adjustment disorder, including for those who simultaneously misuse substances.

Here are a couple of links to watch the documentary made by the BBC covering the 2015 WWTW MDS Team


James Cracknell takes on the Marathon Des Sables in 2012



Recent donors

01.05.17 Well done mate - top up as promised

20.04.17 Good luck Ian !!

15.04.17 Incredible job... see you soon brotherche, love Sylvia xxxx

13.04.17 Well done Ian.. incredible challenge

12.04.17 Good luck Ian. Take your brother with you next year!

09.04.17 Go for it mate you can do it!! There will be a ice cold beer waiting for ya when i see ya next Just keep on plodding sand is the worst thing to try and run on

06.04.17 Good luck - an amazing challenge! Keep pushing forward!!

04.04.17 Good luck Ian ! wishing you all the best...

03.04.17 Great cause Ian and all the very best from all at ABEC! Catch up after for a much needed beer!

31.03.17 Hi Ian, Lots of luck with the challenge!!! We'll be following your progress and want wish you all the best in for challeng from the team at Smart Currency Exchage

29.03.17 Hey bro.. will be following your GPS tracker all the way.. good luck and do us proud... Stew and Syl

29.03.17 Good luck Ian. Too late stickers on their way.....see you Friday. Mark

29.03.17 Hi Ian, All the best for this crazy enduring experience! It's good to see that still great people go nuts for generous actions. From your (and Stewart's) friends at Interealty in Spain.

28.03.17 Right Ian no backing out now, you and I are singing Agadoo in the desert! Suddenly 50 degree heat and blisters don't seem so bad in comparison!

28.03.17 I nominate "Fish Heads" by Barnes & Barnes, enjoy Muhahahaha!!! https://youtu.be/H-K2DZojWi0

23.03.17 Just read your e-mail Ian, explaining what you are doing and the worthwhile charities you are doing it for. Please know that you have the support of myself and all the team at AES Maintenance. All the best.


07.03.17 Cash donation from T Mc

25.02.17 Good luck!

20.02.17 Best of Luck!

20.02.17 Good luck! From Matt and everyone at JD Services HVAC Ltd

17.02.17 Hi Ian - well done for taking part in this amazing challenge.

17.02.17 Good luck Ian, exceptional cause and a ridiculously hard event to choose!

17.02.17 Sounds like fun!!!

17.02.17 Good luck Ian from all the team.


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