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Epic round-Britain trek for 70-year-old
PENSIONER Andy Peddle will be donning a top hat and tails as he arrives in North Yorkshire on an epic round-Britain fund-raiser.
The 70-year-old will reach the county on Saturday as part of an 18-month sponsored walk across the UK to raise £100,000 for the Salvation Army’s work with homeless people and victims of human trafficking.
He will be walking through Whitby, Pickering, Thirsk and York as well as paying a call on Middlesbrough Football Club. He started his journey in May in the Shetland Islands and is walking to 130 Salvation Army churches and charity shops as well as every league football club throughout the UK.
When he arrives at each Salvation Army base, he is giving a talk about the issues of human trafficking and homelessness. He said: “The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need. We are there for 3,500 homeless men, women and families every night.”
Andy, from High Wycombe, added: “This is a personal pilgrimage too – we are renting out our home and my wife has relocated to the central location of Leeds while I am raising the money. I have a support van following me on my trek so I can have a break and sleep wherever needed.”
To follow his progress visit salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/walk