Sponsored by SSAFA
11 Oct 21. Injured servicemen take part in 400km expedition for leading military charity Walking With The Wounded, sponsored by Prometheus Medical. A team of five ex-military and one serving personnel – each with mental or physical injuries – will be tackling the 400km walk through Pen-Y-Fan and the historic Thames Path, finishing at the Omani Embassy in London in Belgravia. Despite the life-changing injuries, the team will be complete the 400km challenge in half the time than the previous expeditions, over 12 days – joined by two Omani representatives. The charity has adapted the walk to the UK after the expedition was postponed twice due to the pandemic, so that fundraising and awareness for the cause can continue.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, who supports the challenge as the official Expedition Patron, said, “The team at Walking With The Wounded understand that it’s not about where you walk — it’s about walking together with a common purpose and shared mission. These men and women know what service is, they’ve seen and overcome adversity, and they won’t let obstacles get in their way. They are paragons of inspiration for communities everywhere. We wish them good luck and good weather.”
Each of the team of walkers has suffered physically and mentally as a result of their military service, which is why they feel so strongly about supporting the charity.
Ben McComb, serving Royal Artillery, team Walk of Oman, says, “I think it’s really important to take part in challenges to support charities like Walking With The Wounded. I’ve seen first-hand the positive effect that Walking With The Wounded had has on the lives of individuals that have been in quite dark places, and the lifelong impact that can have on the person and their families.”
Dave Adams, Ex Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, part of team Walk of Oman, has been personally supported by the charity. He said, “Taking part with Walking With The Wounded is really special as it allows me to give back to a charity that has helped me in the past, being a former beneficiary. The idea of being able to raise the awareness and share my message is something I will never forget.”
Prometheus Medical’s knowledge and experience with mental health sparked their desire to sponsor the incredible challenge. Prometheus Medical offer a range of training courses on mental health which they believe is vital education for first responders and military personnel. The team will be joined by Stuart Plumbley, who will be the team’s medic for the challenge utilising Safeguard and Prometheus Medical products in the event of a medical incident or injury.
Walking With The Wounded supports those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families, empowering them to regain their independence by delivering life-changing employment, mental health and care coordination programmes. The charity develops innovative initiatives in partnership with the NHS to support veterans who are physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged and deliver significant social impact.
Prometheus Medical (part of Safeguard Medical) has years of experience in supporting the military with elite medical training and consultancy. Prometheus also supports major industries, private companies, individual clients, emergency responders and charitable organisations.
Eric Bellew, Commercial Training and Development Head at Prometheus Medical, is a veteran of the Parachute Medical Squadron and has served in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Iraq. He also has 30 years of experience in South Wales Fire & Rescue and was a member of UKISAR, the UK’s International Search and Rescue team.
He says, “At Prometheus Medical we recognise that mental health issues are inevitable in military settings. Walking With The Wounded’s outstanding support for veterans is admirable and we are proud to be sponsors.”
Safeguard Medical is home to the world’s leading and trusted brands for emergency medical product technologies and elite Prometheus Medical training and consultancy. Safeguard Medical is dedicated to advancing its mission of equipping and enabling responders at every skill level to preserve life, in any environment.
Safeguard Medical offers a powerful portfolio of innovative, category-leading products, ground-breaking SIMBODIES and TRUBODIES RTT technology, high-level training courses and bespoke consultancy programmes.
We own and manufacture category-leading brands in airway management, bandages/tourniquets, blood transport and transfusion, burn treatment, circulation, first-aid and trauma kits, haemostasis, hypothermia, splints, and respiration. This powerful portfolio is used in more than 50 countries for pre-hospital emergency care, major incident and disaster management, trauma care and expeditionary medicine.
Driven by innovation and real-world experience, Safeguard Medical aims to solve not only the emergency medical needs of today, but to help responders prepare for the demands of tomorrow. Together, we improve patient outcomes and reduce preventable deaths.
Safeguard Medical is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. For more information, visit www.safeguardmedical.com
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. In 2020, our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 79,000 people in need, the currently serving (both regulars and reserves), veterans from the Second World War and those who have served in more recent conflicts, as well as their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. And we are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.