Charity walker to pass through Kirkby as part of 18 month tour of Britain

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A 70-year old man will be walking through Kirkby as part of an 18-month sponsored walk across the UK, which aims to raise £100,000 for The Salvation Army’s work with homeless people and victims of human trafficking.

Andy Peddle will be donning a top hat and tails as he arrives in Nottinghamshire on 24th November when he will be walking through Hucknall, Nottingham, Kirkby and Stapleford.

As part of his tour of the county, which ends on 1st December, Andy will also visit Nottingham Forest and Notts County Football Clubs.

Having started his epic journey on 16th May in the Shetland Islands, Andy is walking to 130 Salvation Army Churches (Corps), Lifehouses, charity shops and every Football League Football Club throughout the UK.

When he arrives at each Salvation Army base, he will give a talk about the issues of human trafficking and homelessness.

Andy, who is from High Wycombe, has just turned 70 during his walkathon and hopes to raise awareness and much-needed funds to help others.

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.”

Andy has already completed a 8,000-mile trek to raise money for Africa families living in poverty.