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By Rod Edgar
Annan and Eskdale
Warm Scottish welcome for charity trekker

A CHARITY trekker walking the length of Britain to raise awareness and funds for mental health and homeless charities has praised his reception north of the border.

Steve Carr says he has been blown away both by the scenery and and the kindness from locals, as he carries on in his bid to reach John O’Groats.
Explaining his bid, Steve, 39, from Swindon, said: “I started on February 1 down at Land’s End, and what I’m doing is raising awareness for the smaller charities that help the homeless on a day-to-day basis, but also charities that help people with mental health issues.
“I’ve gone through both myself, and I’m actually homeless now, but I’m doing something positive about it, and just raising awareness to show people that you can have nothing but at the same time have everything.”
Steve is armed with just a £100 budget and a tent.
And upon completing his walk, he plans to launch the website www.mindcanyon.org as a one-stop portal linking up all the mental health and homelessness organisations he has met along the way.
Arriving in Scotland this week, Steve said: “The reception has been the best anywhere, and I’m not just saying it, either.
“The police in Gretna Green on Monday night actually bought me dinner.”
And praising the scenery as he headed through Annan towards Dumfries on Tuesday, he added: “Just walking through Annan, walking past the river, I’ve taken some amazing pictures.”
To follow Steve’s progress, follow @smcarrs on Twitter, and to donate visit www.gofundme.com/g7rhs8g8

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