PLUCKY pensioner is set to pound the streets of Sunderland as part of his bid to raise £100,000 for the homeless.
Despite being 70 years old, Andy Peddle, is on an 18-month sponsored walk across the UK, to raise the cash for The Salvation Army’s work with homeless people and victims of human trafficking.
Andy is due to arrive in Sunderland at about 4pm on Monday, October 22, when he will visit the Salvation Army’s Southwick Community Project in Shakespeare Street.
The following day, at 10.30am, Andy plans to visit the Stadium of Light and from then on to the Salvation Army Citadel Corps in Hendon, and eventually on to the Salvation Army Seaham Harbour Corps.
During his time in Sunderland, the pensioner will also go through Millfield, Monkwearmouth and pay a visit to the charity’s homeless hostel, Swan Lodge, in the city centre.
Having started his epic journey on May 16 in the Shetland Islands, Andy is walking to 130 Salvation Army Churches, hostels, charity shops and every 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.
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, from Buckinghamshire, is keen to see people support him by doing their own mini-sponsored walks of one mile or more.
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.”
Anyone who would like to support Andy should visit www.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/walk.