Poet's barefoot charity UK walk set to end on Anglesey


Geraint Jones

A MAN who is walking 1,000 miles barefoot will reach the end of his arduous adventure on Anglesey.

Philip Wells, known as the Fire Poet, will complete his walk when he crosses the Menai Suspension Bridge on Saturday, August 9.

He said: “Despite the blisters and sores the support and enthusiasm I am receiving from the great British public is helping me every step of the way.” 

Philip aims to raise awareness and funds for children all over the world who must walk barefoot every day due to poverty and deprivation. 

His 15 week journey will benefit the Consortium for Street Children, Ocean Stars Trust and The Born Free Foundation. 

The Barefoot Billion Walk has earned support from the likes of Stephen Fry, Bear Grylls and Sir John Major, while others have walked some of the journey with him, including TV historian Bettany Hughes. 

Philip route has incorporated some of the UK’s best known landmarks and he has performed in 11 schools on the way. 

He added: “People are sending in ‘foot selfies’ and generously donating as I walk. 

“In spite of the challenges – I’ve stepped on two snakes, a three inch thorn, been blown over and chased by a stallion - I am determined to continue and raise awareness for the children who suffer every day of their lives. 

“I hope my poetry brings colour to the journey and inspires people as well.” 

Anglesey cllr Jim Evans will welcome Philip to the island. 

For more information, visit www.thebarefootbillion.com, www.facebook.com/barefootbillion or search for @barefootbillion on Twitter. 

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