PORTRAITS OF THE SOUTH WEST COAST PATH

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PROUD MUM GILL

I met Gill at the top of a cliff, shouting encouragement to her son in the water below.

"I’m so proud of my son, Oliver Rush, and what he’s trying to achieve. He is swimming 96 miles of the Jurassic Coast, mainly to raise money for an organisation called Clean Jurassic Coast and a more local one to Poole which is called Go Pladdle. 96 miles to swim is a long way.


As I meet you here today, he’s arriving in Chapman’s Pool which is where he first started his beach cleans because everything just washes into it. 

There’s been an awful lot in the press recently about all the rubbish holiday makers left when lockdown came down. It was crazy, people left tents and everything. He was at Durdle Door all day clearing up and went through the night to Bournemouth and then cleaned Bournemouth beaches along with a team from Clean Jurassic Coast, who are a fantastic organisation." 

Find out more about Olly's work on Instagram.

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JAMIE AND NINJA

Jamie lives in a flat without a garden. He doesn’t like to let his cat Ninja out because he’s worried that she might get hit by a car, so he takes her for walks instead. 

Their usual haunt is around the Agglestone Rock near Poole. On Ninja's first visit there, Jamie was taken by surprise when she jumped right across a large gap between rocks - he’s had to become more agile to keep up with her.  

In the car, she sits in a rucksack with the side open so that Jamie can pat her from time to time if she seems to be getting nervous.  

I met Jamie and Ninja while I was walking round the Isle of Portland. Ninja was nosing around the rocks with Jamie in hot pursuit. She had obviously recovered from the car journey and was enjoying exploring her new playground, although Jamie said that she was nervous when she first arrived.

Ninja (@ninja_kitteh) • Instagram photos and videos

Photo credit: Jamie