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The Barefoot Billion's fundraising page

Colette Cotton, Maureen Johnston, Philip Wells, Eleanor Field

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

 Philip Wells, (The Fire Poet is walking 1000 miles barefoot across England and Wales for the world's billion barefoot children.

These are children with 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 are being inspired to do their own sponsored walks to help and turn the tide once and for all, from Iran to the Czech Republic, from Canada to Wales, 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.


The 3 Charities that are supporting this walk and the funds raised will support the children , living in poverty, with whom they all work

Ocean Star Trust...OST (working in Sri Lanka) OST

Born Free Global Friends

Consortium for Street Children

Recent donors

08.06.14 You sows good things with them toes. Fabulously inspiring. Thank you x

06.06.14 I have been following your remarkable journey on Face Book. I can hardly walk up a gravel drive in bare feet!! Good luck with the challenge:)

03.06.14 Wonderful to bump into you in Chitterne this morning. What chance of that? Amazing effort abound brilliant idea, keep going, stay strong and stretch the nostril. 'I dreamed a dream in time gone by' Best wishes, Sid keyte

03.06.14 Best of luck for the remainder of the challenge. Andrew explained what you were aiming to achieve and we're delighted to support you.

03.06.14 Keep going, great work!

03.06.14 Go Philip!!!!


02.06.14 More power to your elbow! Not forgetting your feet

02.06.14 Heard about you via Demetrius, an old school friend. Watched your wk3 video - we had a wonderful day on Crackington haven beach 10 years ago - lovely you showed it to us again. All the best, keep up the great work.

01.06.14 Good luck with this heroic effort

01.06.14 This is a thank you gift for Tessa's time as curate. All the best with the walk Philip! Very glad to be supporting this.

01.06.14 From Michael and Susannah who found Philip slumped in a church yard and bought him home!

31.05.14 Keep on walking !

31.05.14 We are so proud of you Philip. Keep going. Every step you take is making a difference to a child in poverty. You are a star.

30.05.14 Well done to Philip Wells & all involved in this - what a great project & aspiration to provide hope & help for the children of the world! :-)

29.05.14 From the amazingly generous people of Wells, collected at a performance evening on 28th May



27.05.14 You are touching so many lives Philip...amazing. Thinking of you as you encounter typical british weather and a variety of surfaces to walk on.

26.05.14 We need more people like you in the world, to help raise awareness of the billion childdren living in poverty .

25.05.14 Good luck Philip, what an amazing idea

25.05.14 Quite an amazing feat you are undertaking. Good luck to you and Smile, Smile, Smile.

23.05.14 We are following you vicariously via Facebook and Twitter every day Phil. Keep up the good work

21.05.14 I'm gobsmacked! What an awesome, utterly bonkers and truly wonderful thing to do. You are an inspiration. Love and best wishes for the next 750 miles. You can do it.

19.05.14 "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet"


Running total

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Ali Chadwick
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