Come celebrate 80 years of DMWS’ life-changing support for our military, police, and NHS frontline staff on September 9th 2023 with our epic Ultra Challenge. All Funds raised will be used to support our free welfare support to anyone who has committed their lives to serve their community and country, including Armed Forces personnel, reservists, veterans and their families, police officers, and other frontline services. Enter at

Any donation, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated! You can also become a fundraiser and join the challenge!

Whether you run solo, as a group or split the distance with friends, you can complete the entire distance or just part of it! This can be done on the day or tally up your miles over the month and join us to run your last mile on the 9th of September at our family-fun day.

We will host two set routes, one at Raughton Head Cumbria and one at Redenham Park in Andover. There will be a 5 mile loop – push yourself to complete as many as you can you can up to 80km (50 miles) in 12 hours. You can run closer to home on your own loop if you can’t make these locations, it’s the participation that counts! And a bit of fundraising would really help too!

Go to Just Giving to donate or set up your own Fundraising  under St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service page
or to participate please go to

DMWS provide medical welfare support to the Armed Forces Community (serving, reservists and veterans), NHS and Police. This compassionate, professional service will tackle non-clinical issues that cause poor physical and mental wellbeing, delay discharge from hospital and can cause unnecessary readmission to hospital.

This includes stress and anxiety, social isolation and loneliness, housing issues or homelessness, financial issues, substance abuse, and mental health issues including depression, thoughts of taking ones own life, PTSD, and dementia.

All Funds raised will be used to support our free service enabling us to provide welfare support to anyone who has committed their lives to serve their community and country.

I am very grateful for the support I have had from this service; I don’t know how I would have managed to support my son, who served as a Marine in Afghanistan, without DMWS…

“At work we have been so affected by the nursing strike and I felt helpless and needed someone to talk to before I reached breaking point the DMWS Welfare Officer supported me and let me vent my feelings and gave me coping mechanisms and advice for future times of stress. I don’t know what I’d of done without DMWSs support today.”

Help us help more of our amazing front line staff.

Thank you, I think you’ve just saved my life.” – Veteran