Veteran charity launch


The actors from new WWI film by Sam Mendes will be joining the launch of the Walking Home for Christmas military charity.

George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman, the lead actors from the film, 1917, will be joining the official launch of Walking Home For Christmas on 12 November as a precursor to walking down the red carpet for the Royal Film Performance and World Premiere of 1917 in December. The campaign invites anyone to register for free, receive a branded Santa hat and do a sponsored walk home or somewhere important to them anytime between 12 -22 December. 

The event is aiming to support 400 ex-servicemen and women who are socially isolated, struggling with their mental health, homeless or caught in police custody – and get them back into employment and independence to ensure they can support themselves and their families next Christmas.

 Ed Parker, CEO of Walking With The Wounded said, “We’re so grateful to Sam Mendes and the team behind 1917 for his and their involvement. People in the public eye throwing their support behind the campaign makes a huge difference to our outcomes supporting veterans who have little to look forward to this Christmas get back into a place where they can support themselves and their families next year.”

Sam Mendes’ latest film 1917 centres on two young British soldiers who are given a seemingly impossible mission at the height of World War I. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers. Mendes is calling on the public to deliver a message of their own this Christmas as part of a campaign to raise money for current veterans and their families.


About Walking Home For Christmas:


  • Sign up for free at
  • Receive a Santa hat and fundraising pack, plan your walk and tell your friends
  • Walk as far as is challenging for you, 1 mile or 100
  • Any time from 12–22 December


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