Lake District peak connected to internet by Arqiva for Walking With The Wounded event

Sharing the moment you reach the summit of one of the highest points in England on social media after the event can be very satisfying. Now thanks to Arqiva, those taking part in Walking With The Wounded’s ‘Cumbrian Challenge’ on 13 May will be able to go one better and live stream it.

An Arqiva team taking on the Cumbrian Challenge in 2016

An Arqiva team taking on the Cumbrian Challenge in 2016

The Cumbrian Challenge is Walking With The Wounded’s fun and testing, flagship annual fundraising event in the Lake District for teams of four – with every team that takes part supporting another wounded veteran back into work and independence. Teams can tackle one of three routes, “Peak” (1 peak, 16km), “Tough” (3 peaks, 23km), and “Tougher” (4 peaks, 29km).

To celebrate the fifth year of the event, participants brave enough to take on the “Tough” and “Tougher” courses will head for ‘Hel’ and back, conquering Helvellyn - at 950m the third highest point in England and the Lake District behind Scafell Pike and Sca Fell.

At the summit of Helvellyn, the communications infrastructure experts from Arqiva will provide a ‘summit selfie station’ where, using satellite technology, they will provide stable and secure access to the internet to post photos or videos of the big moment to social media.

“Recording your achievements on social media for your friends to see is almost expected these days, and with the proliferation of ‘live’ video, more and more people are sharing the moment as it happens. Arqiva’s network and technology is at the centre of millions of vital connections every day and we’re delighted to be focussing that technology on the Cumbrian Challenge for Walking With The Wounded in May.”

“Not everyone can climb a mountain so we are always looking at ways to make our events accessible to all. Arqiva’s technology will allow friends and family to join in the views and sense of achievement in scaling one of the UK’s iconic summits. Whether the weather will play ball is anyone’s guess but this will hopefully engage a lot more people in the event and its outcomes, supporting vulnerable veterans.”

For more information and to sign up a team, visit http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/support-the-walk/wwtw-events/cumbrian-challenge/.

Arqiva has strong connections with the Armed Forces, as signatories of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Armed Forces Covenant and Silver Award holders. The covenant is a voluntary pledge signed by businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the over 20,000 skilled and experienced individuals who leave the armed forces ready to enter the civilian workforce every year.

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About Walking With The Wounded
Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded provides vulnerable veterans’ independence through employment.

We recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and wants to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in gaining independence through new long term careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.

The outcome? Sustainable employment, and independence for them and their families.

About Arqiva
Arqiva is a leading UK communications infrastructure and media services provider dedicated to connecting people wherever they are through the delivery of TV, radio, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT). We are an independent provider of telecom towers, with circa 8,000 active sites across Great Britain, and are also the only supplier of national terrestrial television and radio broadcasting services in the UK. Our advanced networks support the exponential growth of connected devices and the ever-increasing demand for data from smartphones to tablets, connected TVs, smart meters, cars and medical devices.

Customers include major UK and international broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, Sky Plc., Turner Broadcasting, the independent radio groups, major telco providers – including the UK's four mobile network operators – and retail, leisure, energy and water companies.

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