Give Richard the walker a wave

Richard Long
Richard Long

You may have seen Richard Long, a former soldier who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, walking around Galloway this week.

Richard deserves a wave and a hello if you see him - he started walking in May when he was depressed and homeless and decided to do something to help others.

He hopes to cover the whole coastline of the UK to raise money for Combat Stress and Help for Heroes.

Richard hopes to complete 11,000 miles on his walk and raise £11,000 in the process. He passed through Kirkcudbright early this week where he was given B&B at the Baytree Guest House and then on to Newton Stewart where he staed at Cree Lodge. He will be in Whithorn and the Rhins over the course of the next few days then onwards up past Stranraer and hopes to spend Christmas walking on Arran.

He said: “Initially I started this journey to help me cope with PTSD after suffering a complete breakdown but also as this is the centenary year of the start of the First World War, I want to complete this walk in memory and honour of all who served, fought, died or survived and their families. On my journey I want to visit as many War memorials as I can and record all of the names on them.”

He told the Gazette: “I am loving every step. It’s so incredible to see these things and take it all in. What an experience I am having.”

Follow Richard by googling The Long way around the British Isles, which will take you to his Facebook page, or on Twitter: @walking11000. You will find information on how to donate on these pages.