Boutique offers serviceman a free place to rest

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Scotland’s No. 20 Boutique Bed and Breakfast has shown its charitable side by offering a former serviceman a complimentary stay during his challenge to walk Britain’s entire coastline.

Owner Catriona Kane welcomed Richard Long as his journey – to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and to raise money for charity organisations Combat Stress and Help for Heroes – took him through Helensburgh last Monday.

Previously their family home for over a decade, Kane and her partner opened No.20 in June 2012. The boutique B&B was awarded 4 Star Grading from Visit Scotland only a month later.

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Speaking to the Helensburgh Advertiser, Kane said: “My partner John went into the Army at 18 years old and was there for 22 years, we were only too keen to help in giving Richard a cosy place to relax in after another long day’s walk.

“He has already covered more than 3,000 miles and is hoping to raise £1 for each of the 11,000 miles he walks. Richard has been walking for seven months now and has already raised close to £4,000. To complete the walk could take him another couple of years.

“This is his life now and I have no doubt he will complete it.”

Richard set off from the Isles of Scilly on May 25 last year, 30 years after joining the Army, before taking a ferry back to Penzance and embarking on his walk of the mainland coast.

After the father-of-three left the armed forces he worked as a fire fighter but then suffered with anxiety and depression. He decided to undertake the arduous trek to help himself and raise money to help others after watching a television programme that travels around the coast of Britain.

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