Today I welcomed Help the Heroes campaigner Christian Nock to Parliament.
A former soldier, Christian has been walking the British coastline to raise money for Help the Heroes. He has been campaigning to draw attention to the plight of homeless ex soldiers. He started on 8th August 2012 from Blackpool, has so far walked 7 times the distance of Land's End to John O'Groats and raised over £50,000, sleeping rough along the way.
Christian walked through Dover and Deal last month and I was inspired to ask him to visit me in Parliament as I was so moved by what he is doing. Christian arrived with his supporters and representatives from forces charities, and we were joined over coffee by other MPs who wanted to congratulate Christian and pledge their support.
We heard about how hard life can be for former soldiers. Many find it hard to adjust to civilian life and homelessness is a problem for many. Christian's walk and his campaign has done so much to draw attention to the issue. It was such an inspiring meeting and I hope people will continue to welcome Christian as he continues his journey around the country.
I am pictured above with Christian and L to R fellow MPs Penny Mordaunt, David Rutley, and Tom Brake.
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