A 70-year-old man is heading into Louth 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.
Andy Peddle will visit Louth Salvation Army, Church Street, Louth, on Monday November 19 (approx 10am) dressed in a top hat and tails, as part of his walk to the majority of Salvation Army Churches, Lifehouses and charity shops in the UK – totalling 7,900 miles or 15 million steps.
The walk will take him past every ground in the Football League and when he arrives at Louth Corps , he will give a talk about the issues of human trafficking and homelessness and will then sing the anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.’
Andy, who will turn 70 during his walkathon, 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. Since 1 July 2011 more than 300 victims of human trafficking have been supported by the Salvation Army and partner organisations and we are there for 3,500 homeless men, women and families every night.
“The Salvation Army’s saying – ‘Heart to God, hand to man’ has inspired me to take on this challenge. It will be a personal pilgrimage too – we are renting out our home and my wife will be relocating to Leeds whilst I am raising the money. A support van is following me on my trek so I can have a break and sleep wherever needed.”
Andy began his epic journey on May 16 at the Shetland Islands.