An ex-soldier who is walking the entire coast of the UK to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder and ex-veterans last week walked along the north east coastline.
Eddie Coast stayed in Seaton Sluice as part of the mammoth trip, where he stopped to pick up some much-needed cold weather kit from a sponsor.
Braving the harsh British weather and living out of a tent is not a new experience for Eddie, who used to live rough before he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorderin 1994.
He served with the Army in Bosnia during Operation Grapple in 1994-1995 when the British Forces provided relief effort for civilians living in the war-torn country.
However, when he left the Army, the horrific images of war prevented him from being able to live a normal life.
“When I left the Army I struggled to carry on with life and my family relationships as normal.
“The only place I felt at home was out in the wild, so I started to live rough,” he said.
“As a survivor of what happened to me, I feel utterly compelled to make a difference.”
Eddie lived rough for years in a tent in the woods in Exeter until one day a retired colonel found him and encouraged him to seek help.
He enrolled in a groundbreaking course called the Warrior Programme, founded by Eva Hamilton, which was a course specifically designed for people with PTSD.
Visit www.justgiving.com/Eddie-Coast to donate to Eddie’s cause.