A person who has raised greater than £340,000 strolling the UK’s shoreline for charity has celebrated the beginning of his son with the girl he fell in love with alongside the way in which.
Christian Lewis and Kate Barron welcomed a child boy on Sunday after the 2 met on Mr Lewis’ coastal trek in assist of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, one yr and 9 months in the past.
Mr Lewis, who set off strolling in 2017, stated he “couldn’t be happier” to be a father to Magnus Edward Arden Lewis.
“We’re absolutely overwhelmed, just the happiest people ever,” the 41-year-old ex-paratrooper informed the PA information company.
“If I used to be to be requested earlier than I began this journey if it might go an ideal method, it in all probability wouldn’t be half of what (has) occurred.
“Never in a million years could I have dreamed for this to have turned out how it has.”
Chris Walks UK Coastline has now raised greater than £270,000 for SSAFA on Just Giving, with donations via Gift Aid totalling one other £70,000.
The journey alongside the coast has seen Mr Lewis spend lockdown on an uninhabited island, reunite a message in a bottle with its sender after 20 years, and undertake a canine, Jet.
He started the mission 5 years in the past when he “really started suffering with anxiety and depression”.
“I was just about to become homeless again – I had no money, no gear, I’d borrowed a pair of boots that didn’t fit,” he defined.
“As I used to be strolling dwelling I made the choice there after which I’m simply going to stroll the UK shoreline… I have to get away, I would like to raised my life.
“And I made a promise to myself that when I came back, I’d be a different person.”
Three years into the duty, Mr Lewis met Ms Barron on the Whaligoe Steps in Scotland – the place the pair, now engaged, “clicked immediately.”
“We spent the whole night just talking until about three, four in the morning,” he stated.
“And we simply clicked instantly, it simply was really easy.
“Six weeks later, she came back up for our first date and it was evident that we’re just totally smitten and in love with each other… And two weeks later she quit everything and said, ‘I’m coming with you.’”
The two have been persevering with Mr Lewis’ journey throughout the shoreline ever since.
“It really was a bit of a story of Lady in the Tramp – a homeless man living in a tent and scruffy big bed,” Mr Lewis stated.
“Absolutely stinking on the time… Kate is so clever and nicely spoken and simply so beautiful.
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have never have imagined that she would ever want to be with somebody like me but Kate saw me for who I was.”
The household are at present staying in a yurt in Dorset, however child Magnus will likely be out within the recent air together with his dad and mom as they intention to complete the problem.
“Obviously we’ll carry him but once he’s absolutely 100% strong enough to do that and we can put him in slings and tie him to us then we’re going to continue walking from Hastings which is where we left off,” Mr Lewis stated.
“So we look to be finishing in about the next six months.”
Mr Lewis thanked supporters of Facebook pages Chris Walks the UK and Kate Walks the Coast, who’ve created “a really lovely, happy place to be” on-line.
“All these people that I’ve connected with around the coastline of the UK, I’ve become friends,” he stated.
“We’ve been getting shoals and blankets and the whole lot hand knitted from all completely different components of the world despatched to us for the child.
“It’s just been endless waves of wonderful stuff, really personal stuff.”
Mr Lewis and Ms Barron hope to marry on an island up north once they have accomplished the stroll in Swansea.
He described the journey as “incredible”.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed winters in a tent in the most brutal places that the UK has to offer,” Mr Lewis added.
“(But) the way it’s worked out, everything’s incredible.”
To discover out extra about Mr Lewis’ fundraiser for SSAFA, go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chriswalks