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SHAMUS TAKES ON THE ISLAND’S COASTLINE IN NEXT STAGE OF ‘GUMP AROUND THE UK’

Photo: Graham Reading Photography
Photo: Graham Reading Photography

Shamus Westwood, a man who is walking 8,000 miles around the UK’s coastline to raise money for children with terminal cancer, has arrived on the Isle of Wight.

Shamus has had a tough time in recent years having survived cancer to then find himself homeless on the streets of Folkestone just 4 months in remission.

On Christmas Eve, Shamus set off from Leas Cliff Pavilion in Folkestone with his 6 dogs to walk around the coastline. He hopes to finish the route and return to Folkestone in about 2-and-a-half years time.

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On his journey so far he has received support in the form of hot meals and food for his dogs but he has usually slept in a tent outside. That support has grown to include Wightlink, who this week kindly agreed to give Shamus and his dogs complimentary travel across the Solent. The fundraiser arrived in Fishbourne at 11:40 yesterday morning (Wednesday) and is now working his way around the Island.

Shamus hopes to raise £100,000 in order to send children with terminal cancer on the trip of a lifetime. You can donate to the cause at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gumparound.

 

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