HUCKNALL Salvation Army will welcome a man on a mission next week as he continues on his nationwide fundraising trek in aid of sex-trafficking victims.
Andy Peddle (70) will be stride through the town in top hat and tails as part of his 18-month sponsored walk across the UK.
The visit to the town is just one of many across the county in a bid to raise £100,000 for the Salvation Army’s work with homeless people and victims of human trafficking.
“The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need,” said Andy, who started the trek on May 16 in the Shetland Isles. “We are there for 3,500 homeless men, women and families every night.
“This is a personal pilgrimage too — we are renting out our home and my wife has relocated to the central location of Leeds while I am raising the money.
“I have a support van following me on my trek so I can have a break and sleep wherever needed.”
Andy arrives in Nottinghamshire tomorrow (Saturday) and will be walking through Hucknall, Nottingham, Kirby-in-Ashfield and Stapleford, including paying a visit to Nottingham Forest and Notts County Football Clubs. He will leave the county on Saturday December 1 as he continues to Long Eaton, Derbyshire
When he arrives at each Salvation Army base, including Hucknall’s on High Street, he will give a talk about the issues of human trafficking and homelessness.
Andy, from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, is keen to see people support him by doing their own ‘mini’ sponsored walks of one mile or more — and for them to put pictures of the places they visit on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
He added: “I want people over the age of 65 to realise that life does go on and that you can volunteer and get involved. I would love to see as many people as possible support me.”
Lieut-Colonel Mike Caffull, leader of The Salvation Army in the East Midlands Division, said: “The Salvation Army hopes that, as a culture, we will start viewing people who are ‘homeless’ as people who have a contribution to play in our society.
“It is fantastic that Andy is taking on this personal pilgrimage to help those truly in need.”
Anyone can follow his progress at htwww.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/walk