Forces Charities

Are you ready to March in March for Combat Stress?

It's time to get active and raise money for veterans

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to be more active, how about raising money for a good cause at the same time? 

Entries are now open for 'March in March 2022', a fundraising campaign by veteran’s mental health charity Combat Stress, designed to encourage people to get out and about in whichever way suits them best. 

The idea is to walk, run or hop – whatever floats your boat - 10 miles on any day in March to raise funds for Combat Stress to provide life-changing mental health treatment for veterans.

The goal this year is to raise £80,000 but those who took part last year raised about £300,000. 

The unique element of March in March is that it is a virtual event. You don't need to turn up to a starting line somewhere. No matter where you are living, wherever you are in the world, you can get involved by registering, fundraising and completing ten miles at some point in March. 

Getting out and about in the fresh air could also give your own mental and physical health a boost so dust off those trainers, walking boots or roller blades, it's time to get active. 

March in March Combat Stress Walking Charity Dog (Picture: Zute Lightfoot).
Fundraisers take on March in March in 2021 (Picture: Zute Lightfoot).

Jeff Harrison, CEO of Combat Stress, spoke to BFBS the Forces Station broadcaster Joe Carden about why he is excited to get his trainers back on this year, saying: "It gives people a chance to go out and do 10 miles in whichever way they want. 

"That can be walking, it can be running, it can be whatever form they want. 

"They can do it across the month, they can do it all in one go, they can do it all in one day so it's pretty informal as to how it is done." 

March in March Combat Stress Walking Charity Dog (Picture: Zute Lightfoot).
Fundraisers take on March in March in 2021 (Picture: Zute Lightfoot).

March in March gives those interested in the event the chance to take part solo or as a group. A team of cadets in 2021 challenged themselves to see who could raise the most money.

The Combat Stress team use the event as a team bonding exercise. Mr Harrison said: "Personally, we would go out as a department and it was a great opportunity to do a bit of team building and I got to know a lot more about my colleagues than I had previously." 

"Socialising is really good, looking after your physical health is really important and helping your mental wellbeing. 

"I think there are huge benefits as well as know, of course, you're helping Combat Stress." 

March in March Combat Stress Walking Charity Dog (Picture: Zute Lightfoot).
Fundraisers take on March in March in 2021 (Picture: Zute Lightfoot).

What do Combat Stress do? 

Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veteran mental health. The charity looks after veterans who have complex mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. 

Combat Stress is working closely with the NHS on their new service Op Courage which sees doctors, nurses and other NHS staff working with military charities to provide therapy, rehab services and in extreme cases, inpatient care to hundreds of British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force veterans.

If you want to get involved visit marchinmarch.co.uk

Cover Image: Fundraisers take on March in March in 2021 (Picture: Zute Lightfoot).