Pensioner’s pilgrimage arrives in Whitby

Andy Peddle is raising money for the Salvation Army'Submitted photo
Andy Peddle is raising money for the Salvation Army'Submitted photo
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A PENSIONER who is trekking across the country to support the Salvation Army arrives in Whitby tomorrow.

70-year-old Andy Peddle is completing 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.

Mr Peddle will be donning a top hat and tails and will give 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.

“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.”

Having started his epic journey on 16 May in the Shetland Islands, Mr Peddle is walking to 130 Salvation Army churches, lifehouses, charity shops and every league football club throughout the UK.

Andy, from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, is keen to see people support him by doing their own ‘mini’ sponsored walks of one mile or more – and for them to put pictures of the places they visit on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

He added: “I want people over the age of 65 to realise that life does go on and that you can volunteer and get involved. I would love to see as many people as possible support me.”

To follow Mr Peddle’s progress visit www.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/walk