Christian Lewis Daughter: An apology has been extended to a war veteran and his 11-year-old daughter who was forced to live in their car for a month following a payment failure by benefits officials.
Christian Lewis, 32, and his daughter Caitlin were forced to live on the streets after being denied housing payments and other benefits to which they were due. Christian Lewis is a father of two.
In his statement, Mr Lewis, a former member of the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, said he was evicted from his Swansea apartment after failing to receive Jobseeker’s Allowance or housing benefits.
After that, he and his daughter spent a month travelling around in their Volkswagen Bora.
Mr Lewis, who had relocated back to Swansea from Northampton in order to be closer to his family, explained that he had failed to find work in the city and that he had fallen behind on his rent, leading to his eviction.
Following his return to civilian life, a former soldier who described feeling “lost” and “not knowing where to turn” is set to put his navigational skills to the test by travelling 14,000 kilometres.
In order to raise funds for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity formerly known as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, Christian Lewis, a former member of the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, has embarked on an epic journey to walk the entire UK coastline. Lewis served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment.
The 37-year-old father from Killay, who embarked on his journey this week from Llangennith, on the Gower peninsula, will travel north into Scotland before returning south along the east coast and over the southern coast of the country.
The public and businesses will be dependent on Mr Lewis’s goodwill during his journey, which he has begun with no financial resources.
As a result of the assistance he received from SSAFA employees after he was discharged from the military, the single father felt compelled to take on the challenge on their behalf.
Upon returning to civilian life, he encountered difficulties and thought he lacked life skills that many of us take for granted, such as the ability to cope with bills and letters, as well as financial obligations.
Mr Lewis and his teenage daughter ended up on the streets as a result of their circumstances. ‘We were homeless for four weeks,’ said the family. I’m a single parent who has been living in her car with her daughter. ‘It was a desperate state of affairs.’
‘Those four weeks were quite difficult for me and my kid,’ he continued. On days when we were able, we would visit all of our friends’ homes for as long as we could.
‘We used to park on the side of the road where we used to dwell in Edgemoor Close, Upper Killay.’
I remember thinking, ‘It was absolutely terrible, it was horrible.’
Mr Lewis, who served in Macedonia and spent three years in Northern Ireland between 1997 and 2004, said employees at Caitlin’s old school, Dunvant Primary School, were alerted to their plight and a support worker was dispatched to assist them immediately.