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Young man on journey to walk ENTIRE British coastline

Young man on journey to walk ENTIRE British coastline

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:08pm 10th December 2019. (Updated at 2:10pm 10th December 2019)

Meet the young man who suffers from a nerve condition and is walking the entire British coastline for charity.

Barney Lee suffers from HNPP, which can cause numbness in the body, muscle weakness and even paralysis.

The 20-year-old is aiming to become the youngest person to walk the whole British coast as he raises awareness.

He says there is currently no treatment and no cure, and is likely to get worse over time.

Barney Lee - My Long Walk Around Cornwall

Barney has now completed the Cornwall leg of his 6,500 mile journey. He left the Duchy on his 100th of walking.

The plan is to finish the walk by October 2020, as he raises money towards research.

You can find his Facebook page here.

Speaking from the Cornish coast path, Barney told Pirate FM it has been both physically and mentally challenging.

"I was a plumber and a landscape gardener, but I had to stop that due to paralysis in my hands. The prognosis isn't great, it's probably just going to get worse, so I'm doing this to try and change the future.

"There have been times when I've been walking along and the body has stopped working as such, so in my left leg the muscle that lifts up my foot dropped, and I wasn't able to walk and I was dragging it along, looking like I'd had too much to drink, that was a scary moment.

"The weather has been ridiculous in Cornwall, the wind and the rain, I probably shouldn't have been out on the coast to be fair.

"Loads of things have happened along the way, the people of Cornwall have been amazing, it feels like one big community, one big family, the amount of support I've got from people has been insane.

"Around Marazion I was given a free lunch and people were offering me places to stay and sending messages of encouragement."

Barney Lee

You can follow Barney's journey on his blog here.

Barney Lee - My Long Walk Around Cornwall

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