A FORMER soldier was shown kindness by his fellow veterans as he walked the region’s coastline on his 6,500-mile tour of the UK.
Christian Nock hit East Durham and Wearside as part of its feat, which he set out on last August.
He aims to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity, as well as awareness for the homeless, shunning offers of beds and accommodation in favour of sleeping rough.
He has raised £90,000 so far.
During his visit to the region, he slept underneath a bridge in Blackhall.
The 39-year-old, who was an infantryman with the Staffordshire Regiment, visited his cousin Cassie Reynolds, who lives in Roker, during his time in Sunderland.
He said of his welcome to the area, “It’s been fantastic. A couple of ex-squaddies came out to meet me and brought me a beer.
“I wanted to raise money for Help for Heroes and awareness for the homeless because a third of homeless people have been in the forces.”
The distance Christian will cover on his walk is the equivalent of travelling from John o’ Groats to Land’s End seven and a half times, with his journey starting and ending in Blackpool.
More details can be found via http://www.bmycharity.com/ChristianNock, and Christian is updating supporters via his Facebook page, Christian Around Britain.