Andy stops by on marathon tour

Andy Peddle from the salvation army is walking 7900 miles around britain. seen at Ripleys salvation army branch being greeted by Kevin Wibberley.
Andy Peddle from the salvation army is walking 7900 miles around britain. seen at Ripleys salvation army branch being greeted by Kevin Wibberley.

A pensioner on a 7,900 mile walk around the country - in his top hat and tails - visited Ripley in his bid to raise £100,000 for charity.

Andy Peddle, 70, of High Wycombe, is trekking to each of the 700 Salvation Army churches in The UK to provide vital funds to the homeless and victims of human trafficking.

And the lifelong charity member dropped past the Heath Road, Ripley, depot on Wednesday to meet its members and to sing them a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

“It’s my way of saying thankyou to God,” Andy said. “This is my way of saying thank you for all the blessings I’ve had over the years.

“I can walk long distances without getting tired and I also do a bit of singing so I’m just using my talents really.”

Ripley envoy for the Salvation Army Kevin Wibberley said Andy’s visit has been inspirational and plans to hold a mini walk along Ripley Greenway in the New Year to raise more money for his cause.

Kevin said: “It’s been a special day for us to be able to meet Andy and be able to support him in everything that he’s 
doing.”

Andy, who is flanked along the way by a support vehicle, began his trek in the Shetland Islands in May and hopes to finish in November next year.

Asked why he is wearing wedding attire he said: “If you walk along in ordinary clothes along the street people don’t notice you. If you walk in top hat and tails people say look at that plonker! Then they see the Salvation Army van and they get it.”

Andy also completed an 8,024 mile walk for Oxfam 20 years ago to raise money for impoverished children in Africa.

Since July the Salvation Army has helped more than 300 victims of human trafficking and each night it cares for around 3,500 homeless people.

Andy has currently completed 3,024 miles of his journey. It is expected to take him 18 months in total - but he is taking a short break over Christmas. By the time he finishes he will have taken more than 15 million steps

To donate to Andy head to www.justgiving.com/andy-peddle.