Christian Nock who celebrated his 40th birthday last week also reached the finish line of his unique 8,000-mile charity trek around the coastline of Britain.
In Blackpool where his journey began was also his final destination point on the South pier where an overwhelming hero’s welcome awaited him on Saturday (March 15).
Christian started his epic journey on August 8, 2012 after declaring himself homeless a short time after leaving the army and wanted to play his part in raising awareness about homelessness, and also to raise vital funds for the Help for Heroes charity.
Even as Christian’s story gained momentum quickly during his trek, passing many towns throughout the country and the many people that came out to support him, Christian took no offerings of a place to sleep and spent each night sleeping rough.
For the community of Mablethorpe, Sunday, June 16 was the day that Christian made it our patch as one hero welcomed another.
Our own resident hero, Jamie Bishop was inspired by Christian’s story. He himself has a background in the forces, but was sadly struck down with a stroke nine years ago and can hardly walk. He was determined to walk alongside Christian on the sea front and he did just that, managing to walk 60 yards, making it a special day for all who saw them.
Christian said: “As an ex-infantryman myself, I have seen the difficulties soldiers face once returning to life as a civilian.
“Many struggle to reintegrate into normal family life, often due to a lack of counselling and support.
“Sadly, there are too many ex-Servicemen who end up living on the streets as a result.
“My aim was not only to raise an obscene sum of money for Help for Heroes but to enhance public awareness of our homeless soldiers by sleeping as they would sleep.”
And thanks to Christian’s efforts he has raised nearly £200,000 for Help for Heroes which has blown away his initial target of £10,000.