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Barefoot Billion's Fundraising Page

Colette Cotton, Philip Wells, Eleanor Field

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'The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step' LAO TZU

We would like to thank the generosity of the donors who've already raised over £6,000 for the Barefoot Billion campaign and in particular The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH for his generous gift of £1000(Details of these can be viewed under 'Other fundraising' on the right hand side of this page)

Philip Wells better known as the "Firepoet" has successfully walked 1000 miles barefoot (a new world record)  following the path of bards and poets, across the South West of England and Wales.

What made him do such an EXTRAORDINARY thing?

To support and raise awareness of the one billion barefoot children in our world who are living in poverty.

These children have no school and no shoes but they have hope.

The hope that people like you and me can take a few steps together to give them a better life. 

Already children around the world, on every continent, are being inspired to do their own sponsored walks to help turn the tide once and for all, from Iran to Czech Republic, from Kenya to Sri Lanka.

We're planet people. We need to look after our own.

Already, hundreds have pledged to walk for the cause - artists, poets, celebrities, historians, ecowarriors, politicians, writers, children and people like you who suddenly sense that real and lasting change is incredibly close.

BE this one step NOW - and a billion may follow.

Follow the highs and lows of Philip's Walk on: 

 The website 

View the latest updates on Twitter 

on Facebook

Read the Poet's journal 

Watch the moving Videos by Tony Hagger, to capture the mental and physical challenge of every step that Philip takes.

The funds raised from this epic 1000 mile barefoot walk will help some of those children living in poverty through the work of the 3 Charities that are supporting Philip.

Recent donors

12.01.15 Mind-blowing & humbling, Philip. More hearts like yours & we wouldn't be in the mess we are

24.12.14 Congratulations on all that you have done to raise money so far and good luck for 2015. We are donating this as a Christmas present to Tessa to say thanks for all her hard work at SNIPS+.

23.11.14 A wonderful idea - well done

04.11.14 Fantastic effort Phil - well done! Hope your feet have recovered.

04.11.14 so admire those who have given their time and energy to raise awareness and support for the 'billions' who would otherwise have no one to care, thank you on their behalf.

29.10.14 Apologies for the belated sponsorship and congratulations!! Looking forward to hearing all your tales when I make it back on Wednesday nights.


01.10.14 You're an inspiration Philip. One in a billion!

27.09.14 Very inspiring. Great to see people fighting for the world's poor and vulnerable

24.09.14 An amazing achievement, Philip!

08.09.14 A great achievement.

03.09.14 With Love

02.09.14 Well done. Sarah Switzer

02.09.14 Well done. Tessa Firmin.

01.09.14 Well Done Philip!


28.08.14 Hi Philip, Very well done with your incredible challenge. From everyone at Interact.

28.08.14 I was really taken by the synergy between the method of fundraising and the cause, and that compelled me to donate. Good stuff!

27.08.14 Incredible way to bring a message that needs to be heard to so many. Thank you to the Russells for drawing our attention to your work.

26.08.14 Well done, Philip....hope the feet are recovering.... love the Haggers


24.08.14 Good luck !

23.08.14 You are amazing! Well done. Love all the Turners

20.08.14 What an incredible feat. My kids are already kicking off their shoes..

19.08.14 Congratulations, Philip - an amazing achievement


Running total

Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
Total donors:
Last donor:
Andre Mangeot
Offline fundraising: