We (Year 5/6) are organising a walk because the Prince William Award has set us a challenge: we are to raise awareness for a chosen charity. We have chosen Walking with the Wounded and the campaign Walking Home for Christmas.
Every Friday, we are participating in the Prince William Award where we solve problems and instructors help us to “dare to be our best self”. PWA is run by a charity called Skillforce who develop our skills and give us the opportunity to do the right things in life. Developing young students’ minds, like ours, the PWA helps us understand real life situations and gives us quality memories that we cherish and remember forever. Sarah (our comrade) helps us build our confidence through teamwork and resilience. We enjoy these sessions because they help us communicate and bond with each other. We complete journals at the end of each session and reflect on the guiding principles. These guiding principles (which we will use in the future) have made us choose the charity Walking with the Wounded: kindness, conscientiousness, sharing, compassion, neighbourliness, gratitude, good health, optimism and appreciation.
Walking with the Wounded is a charity that helps ex-servicemen and women with a range of issues when they leave the services (eg mental health and physical needs) to get back to civilian life. The PWA instructors are mostly ex-services and this was one of the reasons we chose this charity. The charity provides equipment that they need to get jobs and get rid of the war memories that causes them to act out of character. During this event, Walking Home for Christmas, we are hoping that the message comes across that we are doing this because we want to… not because we have to… we hope you choose to support us and this fabulous charity.
We will follow a route around Jarrow and sing carols/Christmas songs, hand out gifts and spread Christmas spirit as we walk!