Coastline walker stops off in Hartlepool during 5,000-mile journey

Fundraising walker Phillip Williams arrives to a warm welcome at the West View Lodge care home.

Fundraising walker Phillip Williams arrives to a warm welcome at the West View Lodge care home.

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A FUNDRAISING walker stopped off in Hartlepool as he attempts to walk more than 5,000 miles around the coastline of Britain.

Philip Williams set out on the mammoth challenge in Brighton in 2010 and says he will have completed his journey around the coastline by September this year.

The 46-year-old walks in stages for weeks or months at a time before going back home to Hampshire for a short period, earning some money through work, and then heading back to where he finished up and starting to walk again.

Philip’s 89-year-old mum suffers with Alzheimer’s and so far he has raised a staggering £57,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.

While he ticks off towns and cities on his gruelling walk, Philip is also interviewing people who he meets on his journey for a book he is working on, titled Characters on the Coastline.

He is being supported by Four Seasons Health Care and was welcomed with open arms by staff at West View Lodge Care Home, in West View Road, Hartlepool, as he stopped off in town for a well-earned break.

He told the Mail: “The support I have received has been fantastic and I have met some fascinating people on my journey so far.

“It’s tough at times, obviously, but I’m enjoying it and raising money for two fantastic causes.”

To find out more about Philip’s walk and to donate, visit www.philipwilliams.uk.com.