A PLUCKY pensioner stopped off in Oldbury and Cradley Heath as part of an 18 month trek across the country to raise £100,000 for the Salvation Army.

Andy Peddle, aged 70, gave talks about homelessness and human trafficking at the Army’s centres in the two towns.

As part of his epic journey, which began last May in the Shetland Islands, Mr Peddle, from Buckinghamshire, is visiting more than 800 Salvation Army churches, plus homeless centres, charity shops and football clubs from every league in the UK.

“The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need. We are there for 3,500 homeless men, women and families every night,” he said, adding:

“I want people over the age of 65 to realise that life does go on and you can volunteer and become involved. I would love to see as many people as possible support us in this project.”

Major Samuel Edgar, leader of the West Midlands Salvation Army, said: “It is fantastic that Andy is taking on this personal pilgrimage to help those truly in need.”

Donations can be made online at justgiving.com/andy-peddle.