Walthamstow OAP aims to walk 1000 miles to raise funds for Whipps Cross Hospital

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An 85 year-old Walthamstow resident has set himself a goal of walking 1000 miles to raise funds for Whipps Cross Hospital after his sister’s life was saved when she contracted Covid-19.

Peter Murray’s sister Margaret, known as ‘Madge’, is now back at home with her brother and is recovering more each day.

Madge is 87 years old and has overcome multiple life threatening illnesses in the past. Peter said of her recovery, “I’m amazed she survived.”

Peter became Madge’s live in carer after she had a heart attack four years ago and he has some help looking after her with visits from daily carers.

Peter said of the staff who cared for Madge on the hospital’s Birch Ward: “They’re the most marvellous people, along with Madge’s regular carers. Thank you for all you are doing at the hospital. Thank you for saving her.”

Peter decided to walk five miles a day around Walthamstow to raise funds for Whipps Cross, but he has increased now that the lockdown has begun to lift to 10 miles a day to ensure he meets his goal.

He has already surpassed the fundraising target on his Go Fund Me page. He asked for 1000 people to donate £1 each, but he has already raised over £2500.

Peter said that after he’s completed his goal, he “might even walk around the world.”

There has been a lot of interest in videos that Peter’s granddaughter Isabel is helping him post on his Facebook page. With thousands of views and hundreds of comments on his posts, he’s become a local celebrity.

Barts Charity’s COVID-19 Emergency Appeal is helping them provide urgent funds for staff who are working tirelessly across Barts Health NHS Trust. Donations are being used in many ways across their hospitals – from 3D-printed visors to protect front line staff, to iPads for isolated patients to speak with their loved ones.

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Mick Ferris

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