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Video: Singing fundraiser to march to Salvation Army centres
A SINGING pensioner is to take 15 million steps to show the homeless and vulnerable that they do not walk alone.
Andy Peddle will don a top hat and tails to walk to every Salvation Army centre in the UK – totalling 7,900 miles.
And when the 69-year-old arrives at every base, he will belt out the anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.
He hopes his epic musical trek will raise awareness and much needed funds for the Salvation Army, homeless and human trafficking charities.
He said: “I shall be walking alone doing all these miles, but I shan’t be as people will be thinking of me and supporting me in so many ways.
“But the people I’m raising the money for tend to think they’re walking alone, and they quite often are, so this is to support them.
“I’ve done a lot of singing down the years. It brings a crowd in, sometimes they walk out or you’ll get a few drunks come along and join in, it’s part of the fun and makes it exciting.”
The Downley resident is no stranger to marching across the country in aid of charity – 20 years ago he walked 8,000 miles to every Oxfam shop in the UK to raise money for people starving in Africa.
He said: “The last time I did it was 20 years ago, the first few days were a pretty hard slog. Your limbs aren’t used to walking 20 miles a day, every day for 18 months, no matter how much preparation you put in.
“Your body does get used to it after a couple of weeks, you get into a rhythm and the overall project is quite good fun.”
To donate and back Andy's challenge, which begins on May 16, click on the link.