Walthamstow pensioner walks 1000 miles for Whipps Cross

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A retired 86-year old living in Walthamstow, has reached his target of walking 1000 miles, raising over £7000 so far for Whipps Cross Hospital.

Peter Murray, one of 15 siblings, began fundraising on May 1 this year, in appreciation for his twin sister’s care at the Leytonstone hospital.

“I wanted to do something nice for the hospital after the kind care that my twin sister received during her time there. Five years ago she had two heart attacks, and doctor’s suggested she would have four months to live,” said Peter.

Following encouragement from his wife Helen, Peter moved in with his sister in Walthamstow,to provide palliative care. His sister outlived the doctor’s prediction significantly, and this year in February 2020 she returned to Whipps Cross with chest complaints.

“When she was back in hospital, she picked up coronavirus, and once again the doctor said she would not survive,” Peter continued, “but she did fully recover from the virus and went on to live for another five months. She sadly passed away in July due to multiple long term health conditions.”

Peter now commits all his time towards raising money for charity.

The longest walks took place one day a week between East Dagenham and Blackhorse Road in Waltham Forest, where he covers 30 miles and walks for 10 hours there and back.

Additional walking takes place throughout Walthamstow, where he talks to people in the street and promotes his charity campaign.

Other charity work Peter does includes regular donations to local food banks, and he is also raising money for multiple projects in Africa.

He has no plans to stop walking, and will continue well beyond the 1000 mile mark. He next plans to walk 1,000 miles for North London Hospice, an institution that took care of a number of his other late sisters.

Mick Ferris

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