Kate McKeand


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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Kate's Marathon des Sables

Kate McKeand

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

On the 7th April 2017 I'm going to be in Marrakech, Morocco and from there heading off to a remote spot in the Sahara desert, to take on the biggest challenge I've ever attempted.  Alongside a few other foolhardy folks I’ll be setting off on what is widely regarded to be "the hardest footrace on earth"....the Marathon des Sables.

The race is staged over seven days and across varying terrain in the Sahara. I’ll run, walk and at times I am certain, crawl, a distance of somewhere around 250-260km, the equivalent of 6 marathons but over scorching sand, rocky tracks and huge dunes in temperatures that can reach 50 Centigrade at the height of the day.

To make the race even harder, we have to be self-sufficient in everything but water, carrying our emergency equipment, food, spare clothing and sleeping gear on our backs.

The MDS is going to involve months of serious training and the event itself will require every ounce of willpower I possess. I am hugely excited about taking on this challenge, but I can't pretend I’m not a bit nervous and daunted at the same time!  If you want to find out more details about my challenge and keep up with how I'm getting on visit my website www.katemckeand.com.

So why am I doing it?  It gives me an opportunity to raise some money to support those who have done so much to serve us and have been injured physically or invisibly!

Who will your money help?

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

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed directly to Walking With The Wounded. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

I do not expect this to be easy in the slightest but I am determined to finish and hopefully in one piece! Your support and generosity for my endeavour will harden my resolve and ensure I do...and will be very gratefully appreciated!

Thank you so much


Recent donors


22.02.17 Huge admiration for what you are about to embark on. Wishing you well for this immense challenge.

22.02.17 Good Luck Ducks. It looks unbelievable. we'll be thinking of you. Tim and E-L xxx

22.02.17 Go for it Kate! Hope you keep hydrated and blister free!!

22.02.17 Best of luck Kate. A huge challenge.

22.02.17 Go for it Kate! You are very brave... all your friends are very proud of you! Good luck!

22.02.17 I have watched you week by week work SO HARD. I am so enormously proud of you Kate! "WELL DONE" for digging deep and doing something so amazing for someone else! You are indeed a very special person. x

21.02.17 What an amazing thing to do - utterly bonkers! Wishing you the very best of luck. Can't wait to celebrate with you when you get back. Lots of love from all of us xx

21.02.17 Wrote a note in my diary. Just said.....crazy bird!! Inspirational stuff Kate - go for it......

20.02.17 Hi Kate, Wishing you all the very best ... take care of yourself. Lots of love, Fraser

20.02.17 Crazy, mad, bonkers, amazing, extraordinary, remarkable, courageous - I will be willing you on every step of the way. xx

19.02.17 Kate - you are a wonderwoman. To even contemplate doing this means you deserve a medal, and I cannot think of a more worthy cause. Best of luck to you not only in your training but on the event itself. Well done x

18.02.17 So much respect for you taking on this incredible challenge .. sending so much luck - keep smiling through it .. and meditate on the wine, chocolate and song you will have on completion - much love Lou x

18.02.17 Dear Bish, A crazy (and unrealistic!) part of me wishes I was doing this with you but instead me and the gang will cheer you on - "Go Bish Go!". An amazing adventure for a wonderful cause. You are inspiration. Loads of love Joey, Mark, Luke, Liv and Jake

18.02.17 What a complete star you are Icky. We are in awe and full of admiration. Love the De Ms. xxx

17.02.17 Good Luck Kate, we'll be thinking of you Love Chloe and Harry xxx

17.02.17 You're amazing! Enjoy it, breathe it and remember this phenomenal feat you're undertaking. See you on the other side xx

17.02.17 You are very brave or slightly crazy.

17.02.17 Best of luck Kate....what an incredible feat!!

16.02.17 Bonkers and crazy spring to mind!!! Best of luck we will be thinking of you. xx

16.02.17 Good Luck this is an extreme challenge for a very worthy cause

16.02.17 Best of luck Kate! Hardcore stuff!! Lots of love Charlotte and Archie

16.02.17 Kate you are both mad and amazing, be like a camel ,-) look forward to hearing the stories on the other side xx

15.02.17 You are amazeballs my lovely friend. We are behind you all the way and we know you will do it. Can't wait to celebrate on your return xxxxx

15.02.17 You are completely amazing! Just think of the celebrating to be done when it's over! Zxx


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