Starting in Scotland on the 22nd of August, four British and two US wounded veterans began ‘The Walk of Britain’ - a walk across UK mainland, finishing on November 1st at Buckingham Palace.
Aiming to raise £250,000, the funds will support veterans with physical, mental or social injury in gaining skills and qualifications necessary to develop new careers outside the military, while helping to re-integrate struggling individuals back into society.
On day 54 of the 74 day challenge, the team met with employees at Land Rover’s Design and Engineering Centre in Whitley, gathering to send them off on the walk to Land Rover’s Solihull plant. Five ex-military recruits from JLR joined the six veterans for the challenge from Whitley to Solihull, with three Land Rover Discoverys donated to help with transportation and logistics.
This is only the latest example of Jaguar Land Rover supporting the Armed Forces after sponsoring the 2014 Invictus Games and signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, building on ties with the Career Transition Partnership - JLR employing 200 veterans over the past 2 and a half years.
'Today has been a hugely rewarding experience and I am delighted we could offer our support', Gregg Niblett, Defender Manufacturing Manager and Veteran Network Lead for the company taking part in the walk said.
'I was a combat engineer in the Royal Engineers and then joined Jaguar Land Rover and worked my way through the ranks to become a manufacturing manager. I now actively support our 100 plus ex-forces community at Solihull and arrange soicial and charitable activities for us all to get together.'
'The company and I believe that those leaving the military have vital and transferable skills including engineering expertise, discipline, team-working and communication skills.'