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Barefoot 'fire poet' passes through Ilfracombe on 1,000-mile charity trek

By NDJDuncan  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

The Fire Poet scales a barbed wire fence on his way to Ilfracombe

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A POET who is walking 1000 miles barefoot for charity passed through Ilfracombe on Wednesday.

Philip Wells, known as the Fire Poet, is completing the trek from St. Michael’s Mount to Anglesey to raise awareness of children in poverty.

Phillip walked past Lee Bay on his way to Ilfracombe, straying off the coast path and clambering over a barbed wire fence to get back on track.

He said Devon was “very close to heaven”, adding: “I’m just wondering how I’m going to get over this hill.

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“There might be some skilful wall-climbing lessons to be done.”

Phillip said the 1,000 miles represented the 1,000,000,000 children living in poverty in the world.

“I’m passionate about getting children involved in life and wonder and literature,” he said.

“It seems to me that without education you don’t have much hope.”

Phillip started the trek on April 22 and aims to finish by August 15.

The walk will raise funds for the Born Free Foundation, Consortium for Street Children and Ocean Stars Trust.

Visit www.barefootbillion.com to donate.

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  • JRussell  |  May 16 2014, 6:43PM

    Was this the same barefoot eejit who was walking across the Taw Bridge on Wednesday? He was walking along the white line, about a foot in from the kerb, sticks on the edge of the kerb and causing an articulated lorry to brake sharply to avoid him. There was very nearly a multiple pile up. The barefoot walker was totally unaware of the problem he had caused by stupidly walking so close to the edge of the pavement. He doesn't realise how lucky he was that the lorry driver was on the ball and didn't hit him. Looks like the same guy to me.

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