A 6500-mile walk to help the heroes ...

Christain Nock arrives in Burntisland. Picture by Michael Booth
Christain Nock arrives in Burntisland. Picture by Michael Booth

A former soldier who is attempting to walk the entire coastline of Britain for charity was making his way through Fife this week.

Christian Nock left his home in Blackpool almost a year ago to walk the 6500 miles around the British coast to raise awareness of the plight of ex-servicemen who find themselves homeless.

The 39-year-old hoped to raise £10,000 for Help For Heroes but has already raised an incredible £83,000 – and is still only halfway through his challenge.

He said: “Last August I set off from Blackpool. I was on the verge of homelessness and I thought if I am going to be homeless then I might as well do it in style and raise some money for a good cause.”

Christian, who left the Staffordshire Regiment in 1988, sleeps rough every night despite the offer of a warm bed from well wishers who are following his every move on his ‘Christian Around Britain’ Facebook page.

He accepts a hot meal and shower and his kit washed, but will normally charge his phone in a pub at the end of each day before looking for a place to sleep.

He’s slept in garden sheds, on kids trampolines, public toilets and, as was the case in Kirkcaldy last Friday night, a shop doorway.

Despite making good ground he’s suffered a number of setbacks along the way including blisters, sickness bugs, colds, freezing conditions and downpours, but he said he is determined to make it back to Blackpool next year no matter what.

As he made his way along the Fife Coastal Path in the latest part of his amazing journey he said: “I want to be the only person to walk the coast of Britain and sleep rough the whole way.

“This trek has restored my faith in humankind. I will not quit, I’ve nothing to go back to.

“You will either see me walk the coast of Britain or you will witness my death.

“There is no way that I am giving up.”

You can donate money to Christian and Help For Heroes at www.christianaroundbritain.co.uk.