One man and his dog are on a 7000-mile walking mission along the coast of Britain to raise awareness of the country’s waste problem both on land and sea.
Wayne Dixon, and his Northern Inuit dog, Koda have so far travelled over 3,000 miles along the coast of the UK picking up litter and raising awareness about the country’s litter problem.
The former soldier and support worker started the walk in February 2016, raising money for mental health charity MIND and the Northern Inuit Dog Rescue Society along the way. He plans to complete the 7,000 mile trek by 2021.
Wayne Dixon, who is originally from Blackburn, says: “I am creating awareness of the litter problem on land and sea, encouraging people to be mindful of their environmental and social issues affecting local communities.”
Armed with a tent and a backpack full of supplies, Wayne Dixon and his dog live on a budget of £50 a week.
The 46-year-old was inspired to take the journey with Koda as a tribute to his father after he passed away. His father, who lived with depression for many years, found cleaning beaches helped him overcome a sense of anger and helplessness.
Wayne Dixon hopes that people will follow his example and become “more responsible and more proactive”. Speaking to iNews, he said: “We seem to be on a selfish conveyor belt, driven by chasing the pound and our environment has been neglected. We look after our house and we look after our property, but when we step outside we seem to think it’s somebody else’s responsibility, but we can all do something.”
If you would like to support Wayne Dixon and Koda’s cause, you can donate via their Virgin Money Giving fudraising page
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea