May 23 2013 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Sunday, March 3, 2013
A marathon-walking pensioner is visiting Norfolk and Suffolk this month as part of a round-Britain hike in aid of homeless people and victims of human trafficking.
Venues are at Salvation Army corps (churches) unless specified: March 4 Fakenham 10am (church) 11am (shop), Dereham 4.30pm; March 5 Briston 1pm; March 6 Sheringham (church) 10am (shop) 11am; North Walsham 3.30pm; March 7 Aylsham 10am (church) 11am (shop); March 8 Norwich Mile Cross 9am, Magdalen (shop) 11am, Pottergate (shop) noon, Lower Goat Lane (shop) 1pm, Norwich Citadel 2pm; March 9 Great Yarmouth 11.30am (church), 12.30pm (shop); March 11 Lowestoft 9am (shop), 10am (church), 11am (south corps shop), 11.30am (shout corps church), 3.30pm Beccles; March 12 Diss 4pm; March 13 Thetford 1pm.
Andy Peddle, 70, is part-way through an 18-month sponsored trek across the UK to raise £100,000 for the Salvation Army causes.
Wearing a top hat and tails, Mr Peddle, from Downley in Buckinghamshire, is visiting the majority of the Salvation Army’s churches, lifehouses - formerly known as hostels - and charity shops, covering 7,900 miles, or 15 million steps.
The walk will take him past every ground in the football league and when he arrives at each Salvation Army base, he will give a talk about the issues of homelessness and human trafficking and will then sing the Liverpool FC anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Mr Peddle began his epic journey on May 18 last year in the Shetland Islands, spending just under three months walking across Scotland, moving onto Ireland, Wales and then into England.
In July 2011, the Salvation Army was awarded the contract from the Ministry of Justice to provide specialist support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales, including safe accommodation, counselling, medical care, translation services and legal counselling.