Pensioner walks 1,000 miles for hospice

Peter Murray from Palmers Green has raised thousands of pounds for North London Hospice

Peter Murray celebrates the completion of his 1,000-mile walk at North London Hospice with medical director Sam Edwards - and the start of a new 5,000-mile mission
Peter Murray celebrates the completion of his 1,000-mile walk at North London Hospice with medical director Sam Edwards – and the start of his new 5,000-mile mission

A pensioner has finished walking 1,000 miles in six months to help raise thousands of pounds for North London Hospice.

Peter Murray, 86, suffers from back problems but said the pain “disappears” as soon he starts walking with his shopping trolley around Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill, Enfield Town, Edmonton Green and beyond.

The avid fundraiser walks between four and 15 miles every day and often stops to chat to people along the way, raising awareness of the charities he supports as he does so.

Originally from Ireland, Peter moved to London as a teenager in the 1950s. He is one of 15 children and decided to support North London Hospice after the excellent care they provided for two of his sisters, Patricia Cox and Mary Hanney, ten years ago.

Peter also supports another charity, a hospice in Africa called Sabo Community, and is encouraging people to donate £1 a month to them as well as add to his total of more than £2,000 raised for North London Hospice.

He told the Dispatch: “When I get behind my shopping trolley to start my walk, my back pain disappears. I usually walk from Palmers Green to Enfield Town Station and back again, sometimes I go to Wood Green, and I also walk to Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.

“Some days I will do 15 miles but then the next day I will only do four miles because it is quite tiring. I keep a record of all the miles I walk so I can keep track of it.”

Peter even collects pieces of litter he finds along the way. “I pick up tin cans and bottles if I say them, I like to help out.”

After starting his epic 1,000-mile hike in April, Peter completed his target on Friday at the North London Hospice centre in North Finchley. So does that mean he will stop walking? “My next target is 5,000 miles,” Peter said, before setting off on another morning stroll.

North London Hospice medical director Dr Sam Edward said: “It’s because of dedicated supporters like Peter that we are able to continue to care for more than 3,000 patients and their families each year.

“The last two years have been very hard for us all, so to see Peter reach 1,000 miles was just what we needed to make us all smile. It is such an amazing achievement for Peter who’s determination means he’s not stopping there! I look forward to seeing him again when he clocks up his 5000th mile – his new target! We are all cheering you on!”

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