Charity walker Chris Lewis will be back in Lewis tomorrow (Tuesday January 29th), on one of the longest and most arduous stretches of his epic coastline challenge.
Ex-serviceman Chris is walking Britain’s coastline to raise funds for SSAFA, the armed services benevolent charity. He’s spent most of January in Harris, declaring the hospitality he met there ‘epic’. On Friday night he was at the Bays Community Centre enjoying a Burns Night ceilidh, including carrying in the haggis and dancing a strip-the-willow. Revellers raised £400 from the raffle on the night to donate to SSAFA.
Tomorrow Chris and his faithful hound Jet will set out up the coast of South Lochs on a 100km stretch of walking what he describes as ‘tough parts’ of the island coastline. Making sure of his safety, local boat-owners and gamekeepers have helped him to go ahead by sea and drop supplies along the coast, so that he can walk lightly laden and be sure of food and shelter at intervals as he goes.
Chris said: “The photo is one I took looking over at our next big stretch. It brings us back down a loch 25km and around the coast for over 100km. It’s going to be tough and a huge challenge but as I always say what worth doing is ever easy! Please share for Jet and I as we are doing this to raise awareness and funds for SSAFA and our veterans – that is our drive in tough parts.”
The pictures show the stretch of coast pictured by Chris ahead of tomorrow’s stage and his proud entry on Burns Night in the Bays, with Jet, haggis and piper! (Christian Lewis)