Brothers in coastal trek for homeless charity

Jack and Harry Ellis during their charity coastal footpath trek

Jack and Harry Ellis during their charity coastal footpath trek - Credit: Archant

In the searing lockdown sunshine, two Torbay brothers undertook an incredible walking challenge to raise money for homeless young people.

Actor Jack Ellis and his history student brother Harry, both former pupils at Churston Ferrers Grammar School, defied the heatwave to march a gruelling 33 miles from Brixham to Salcombe, combining incredible scenery with a hugely important cause.

Jack, 26, spent five years in the modelling industry before turning his talents to acting, but this latest quest in aid of Centrepoint, a charity dedicated to supporting homeless young people, was a long way from the bright lights of showbiz.

'The legs were a bit sore but it was worth every minute,' said Jack. 'I am proud to be an ambassador for Centrepoint, they do so much amazing work with youth homelessness.

'They have the full network from shelter and support services to psychologists. Prince William is the patron for Centrepoint and other ambassadors include Ellie Goulding and Sadie Frost. My interest stemmed from the shock of seeing homelessness when visiting London as a child.

'Homelessness is perhaps something we don't see with such prevalence in Torbay but it is still an issue, and the lockdown environment has made things especially difficult for vulnerable people. It has also brought an end to the normal fundraising activities undertaken by Centrepoint.

'It was a beautiful day for the walk but the heat did make it tough,' said Jack.

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'I've seen the work Centrepoint do and when you think a walk in a stunning location is difficult, you then remember how much tougher it is for vulnerable young people.

'The walk took us through so many beautiful spots but, if I had to pick a favourite, the view over Start Point is just amazing. You can look back at the coastline we had already covered and we couldn't even see Brixham anymore.'

You can support Centrepoint by visiting Just Giving and look for the Ellis Devon Coast Challenge.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ellisdevoncoastalchallenge?fbclid=IwAR36SpCN6WIoxVGfiIWhdwMZrTxNEHAXQpkc3FlABiO8ildSpeSnuvja7js