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160 teams set out on veterans walking challenge

The Challenge gets underway in Grasmere Photo:

A record 160 teams set off in the Lake District on Saturday (14 May) for Walking With The Wounded’s Cumbrian Challenge to support vulnerable veterans back into employment.

The teams of four, comprising corporate colleagues, families and groups of friends, often with crazy team names and even crazier outfits, tackled one of three challenging routes in spectacular conditions, alongside beneficiaries of the military charity and previous members of its fundraising expeditions to Everest and around Britain.

Each team taking part can support another wounded veteran back into employment and already this year’s event has raised well over £140,000 with many more donations still to come in.

CEO Ed Parker said: “We are thrilled to welcome the huge number of people who have joined us from all over the UK for our annual Cumbrian challenge, an event which has a significant impact on those we support, and at the same time is challenging and fun.”

Keswick Brewing Company have released a special brew in honour of the event and to help promote it further, called the “Cumbrian Challenge”. It was unveiled at the event this year and available for sale on their website and selected outlets around Cumbria. 10p from every bottle sold is being donated to the charity.