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Homeless paratrooper reveals girlfriend is expecting their first child

Homeless paratrooper reveals the long-term girlfriend who he met on his charity walk of the entire UK coastline is expecting their first child

  • Former British paratrooper Chris Lewis, 40, ‘struggled’ after leaving the military
  • Found himself homeless after leaving 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment in 2004
  • In August 2017 he set out to walk entire UK coastline for military charity SSAFA
  • During the trek across the country, Chris said he met his girlfriend Kate Barron 
  • Appeared to Lorraine and revealed she is expecting their first child together  

A paratrooper who was left homeless after leaving the military has revealed how the girlfriend he met while trekking remote Scottish islands is expecting their first child.

Former British paratrooper Chris Lewis, 40, found himself ‘struggling’ with money after leaving the army in 2004, and was left living on the streets before seeking help from military charity SSAFA. 

In August 2017, single dad Chris set off from Beach Hill car park in Swansea, with £10 in his pocket, to walk the entire coastline in the UK, in a bid to raise funds for the charity that helped rebuild his life. 

The former paratrooper met his long term partner Kate Barron while on the road, and told Lorraine this morning they are delighted to announce they are expecting their first child together.

Former British paratrooper Chris Lewis, 40, who was left homeless after leaving the military has revealed how the girlfriend he met while trekking remote Scottish islands is expecting their first child

Chris, who served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, decided to embark on the fundraising mission with ‘a tenner and two days’ worth of rations’, and has relied on his military skills and the goodwill of the public to survive.  

When the first lockdown hit in March 2020, two years into Chris’ journey, he ended up camping out on an uninhabited island in Shetland, where he had an ‘amazing’ time with his beloved pet. 

Chris spent three months living in a former shepherd’s hut on Hildasay before continuing his  expedition in June last year.    

And appearing on Lorraine today, Chris said: ‘I needed to get away because I wanted to make my life better, I wasn’t happy so I wanted to do something drastic.

The former paratrooper met his long term partner Kate Barron while on the road, and are expecting their first child together in April 


Chris found himself ‘struggling’ with money after leaving the army in 2004, and was left living on the streets before seeking help from military charity SSAFA

‘I’m really proud, we’ve raised £260,000 for charity so far so I’m really happy.’ 

Kate explained how the couple met for the first time, saying: ‘I was on a solo adventure up in the highlands wild camping. It was the last night of my trip and I happened to make my way down these steps, to the bottom of the cliffs, and I saw this man.

‘I saw this bearded kilted man and I was immediately intrigued. He was camping and I spoke to him for only about five minutes.

‘I left and then about 40 minutes later, I decided to do a U-turn and came back. There was something about him and I thought I’m not done with this man yet.’ 

Chris said he knew she was his soulmate immediately and they ‘connected’ over ‘similar interests’ (pictured together) 

Chris said he knew she was his soulmate immediately, saying: ‘We connected, similar interests. 

‘We’re together consistently all the time and I love that. I wouldn’t have it any other way.’

And the ecstatic couple announced they are expecting a baby while on the programme, revealing it is due ‘before the end of April.’  

He said: ‘When Kate is good and well and ready, we’ll continue. To think I started this on my own and I’m crossing the line with a little baby, it’s incredible.’ 

Meanwhile Kate joked: ‘Everyone jokes it’s going to come out with hiking boots on.’ 

And the ecstatic couple announced they are expecting a baby while on the programme, revealing it is due ‘before the end of April’

Chris revealed he felt emotional to think he had begun his journey on his own and would be ‘crossing the line with a family’ 

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