Andy visits town on trek

A PENSIONER who is walking almost 8,000 miles across the country to raise money for charity has visited Derbyshire.

Seventy-year-old Andy Peddle, from High Wycombe, is trekking to each of the 700 Salvation Army churches in the UK in a bid to raise £100,000 for the charity which aids the homeless and victims of human trafficking.

The generous pensioner visited Ripley last Wednesday to meet members of the town’s Salvation Army before singing them a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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 do a bit of singing so I’m just using my talents really.”

Kevin Wibberley, of Ripley’s Salvation Army, said Andy’s visit had been inspirational.

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

And began his trek in the Shetland Islands in May and hopes to finish in November next year.