British Army veteran Christian Nock took a break from his fundraising trek of the British coast to drop by Murrayfield yesterday.
Christian is walking the 6,500 mile long British Coastline anti-clockwise, unaided, having left his start point in Blackpool on the Wednesday 8 August 2012, he is now on day 358 of an estimated two year journey.
Already exhausting 11 pairs of hiking boots, Christian’s journey is fuelled by the desire to raise awareness to the many homeless ex-service men and women who live rough on the streets of Britain and raise funds for Help for Heroes.
Christian said: “Ex-military personnel make up one-third of Britain’s homeless population. For them to be left in such a desperate state after serving their country is unacceptable.
“I admit this journey has been tough, really tough. The wind and the blizzards aren’t as bad as the rain which just doesn’t leave you. I have torn ligaments, fallen ill and some days I barely can make three miles”.
Christian himself was left in the same situation after returning from military service as the men and women he is giving support to today. However, he decided that with nowhere to go, he was going to put this journey into motion and has kept moving ever since.
“There have been some tremendous highpoints as well, sleeping in small chapels by the sea, bunking with seals in caves, and of course coming here to Murrayfield with my girlfriend and two kids on such a beautiful day like today.
“I have seen first-hand the incredible generosity and warmth of the British people and that is the most encouraging thing of all”
Christian so far has raised £77,570 of the £100,000 target amount. His charity Help for Heroes offers direct, practical support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses while serving our country.
Some of this provided through grants to individuals, assistance to other Service charities, and four Recovery Centres across the UK.
With the days getting shorter and the winter months ahead, Christian knows that the North coast of Scotland will prove to be the toughest leg yet. Christian is always looking for somewhere to rest his head for a night and he relies upon the people of Britain getting in touch via his webpage for support.
Donations to Christian’s cause can be made to Bmycharity at the following link: http://www.bmycharity.com/ChristianNock