The Yomp is the ultimate charity walk.
A primary focus of AFF is to reinvigorate the spirit of comradeship and teamwork that so many wounded, ill and injured (WII) serving and veterans miss when forced to return to a desk job or civilian life. This is achieved through enabling participation in different challenges, both in the US and UK, including the Cateran Yomp in Scotland. These challenges deliver an opportunity for WII to come together with other military and former military who are facing similar experiences. It enhances the US/UK relationship between WII personnel from both nations who fight together on the battlefield and the Yomp provides the chance to share stories and advice as they fight together for recovery.
The Cateran Yomp, in Perthshire, Scotland, is an annual event in which participants take on 22, 36.5 or a challenging 54 miles in just 24 hours across the Scottish Highlands. It is organized by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Wildfox Events and will be held this year on June 11–12, 2016. Participants compete in the endurance event in order to renew self-confidence, re-establish self-esteem and provide a focus for recovery and rehabilitation.
The AFF wounded, ill, and injured team includes amputees, blind and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, all sustained in the line of duty. These incredible team members are adapting to the challenges of a changed lifestyle and are now taking on an amazing endeavor, either as a part of their recovery or to reaffirm their capabilities despite their injuries or illnesses. Throughout the route, participants have the opportunity to enjoy clay pigeon shooting, archery and are treated to a breathtaking fireworks display, courtesy of our Scottish hosts.
Support is being provided to AFF by organizations such as Patagonia and Camelbak who have provided equipment for the team members. The AFF are looking for further support with funds to ensure we can deliver this experience to the largest number of wounded warriors.
As well as participating in the Yomp itself, the AFF organizes a number of other events during the trip to Scotland, enabling team members to enjoy the other offerings of the area. These events include a tour of Edinburgh Castle, a trip to a whiskey distillery, visit to the Black Watch Regiment Museum, a Scottish Regimental dinner night and the annual wounded warrior Highland games at Loch Tay.
This is an excellent opportunity for UK and US WII personnel and staff, to participate in a challenging yet enjoyable event whilst also being able to take in some of the sights of Scotland. The AFF team members will have the chance to interact with likeminded people whilst pushing themselves both mentally and physically and continues the great relationship between our nations’ armed forces.
The route of the Cateran Yomp 2016:
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View this presentation from the 2015 Yomp: