Heroes’ charity efforts go hand in hand as Christian Nock arrives in Mablethorpe

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Christian Nock, 39, arrived in Mablethorpe on Sunday for day 313 of his journey around Britain’s coast and took part in a very special walk that was unique to the resort.

Mablethorpe’s local hero Jamie Bishop had a stroke nine years ago which left him predominantly wheelchair dependant.

Having heard about Christian’s story, Jamie was determined to walk 60 yards alongside him whilst also raising funds for Help for Heroes and the local Poppy Appeal.

Ex-serviceman Christian expressed his happiness about meeting Jamie.

“I was completely overwhelmed during my time in Mablethorpe,” Christian said.

“It was great to meet Jamie and walking alongside him was a very tearful moment for everyone.

“You could see in his face that he was struggling to walk, but I also saw his sheer determination to succeed.”

Jamie completed the 60 yards he set out to do and has raised over £1,000 for his two chosen charities.

Jamie would like to thank Emily, Sam, Bobby, Steffy and Sharon for all their help and Christian for such a great day.

During his stop off in Mablethorpe, two surprises were in store for him that had not yet come across during his epic trek.

Town crier Roy Palmer made a proclamation in Christian’s honour and Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary named a seal after him.

Christian added: “Having a proclamation about me and a seal named after me is definitely two firsts for me and I feel very honoured.

“I really like seals and I actually slept alongside one in a cave during my stint in Wales.”

It seemed the whole community were out in force to see Christian and show their support on the day and it will be a day in Mablethorpe that will always be remembered.

After having over 3,500 miles under his belt already, Christian still has a long way to go.

It is estimated it may take between 12-18 months for his journey to be completed, but is determined to finish what he set out to do whilst raising as much awareness for homelessness as possible.

Christian also said: “I just want to thank everyone who turned out to support me and for all your donations, I think the people of Mablethorpe are fantastic. I also want to dedicate a special thank you to Jamie who has been amazing.”