Grandfather is walking TWENTY MILES a day to raise cash for hospice

Grandfather, 86, is walking TWENTY MILES a day to raise cash for the hospice looking after his sisters

  • Peter Murray walks for 20 miles every day around Barnet, Enfield and Haringey 
  • Mr Murray has so far raised £967 and has said he will walk until he dies 
  • He is aiming to walk 1,000 miles in total and started the challenge in April  

A 86-year-old grandfather is walking 1,000 miles to raise cash for the hospice that is looking after his sisters. 

Peter Murray, who has 12 grandchildren, walks for 20 miles every day around Barnet, Enfield and Haringey from 9am to 6pm to raise money for North London Hospice.   

Mr Murray, who has so far raised £967, told MailOnline: ‘I want to give back to people and this country. I will walk until I die. 

‘I hope I am showing my children and grandchildren you have to be nice to people even if they are not nice to you.’ 

He began his 1,000-mile challenge in April for the hospice which looks after his older sisters Mary and Pat who are in their 90s and has been supporting the hospice’s shops for 30 years.

Peter Murray, who has 12 grandchildren, walks for 20 miles every day around Barnet, Enfield and Haringey from 9am to 6pm to raise money for North London Hospice

Mr Murray, who has so far raised £967, told MailOnline: ‘I want to give back to people and this country. I will walk until I die. I hope I am showing my children and grandchildren you have to be nice to people even if they are not nice to you’

Declan Carroll, chief executive of North London Hospice, said: ‘Peter is absolutely inspirational- he is North London’s answer to Captain Tom! I am in awe of his get-up-and-go spirit and cannot thank him enough for everything that he has done. 

‘His amazing fundraising is enabling our vital work so that we can deliver the best of life at the end of life for everyone.’

Mr Murray, who lives in Enfield with Helen, his wife of 60 years, said: ‘I am quite slim now and I am quite healthy. People say to me you do not look as if you have got a thing wrong with you. Twenty miles a day is extraordinary.’

His usual route is from his home to the nearest town centre where he says hello to people. If he is doing laps of the park he will do three to four laps per hour. He enjoys the walks as people will stop to talk to him or do some of the route with him.

And this isn’t the first time Mr Murray has walked for charity. 

Last year he walked another 1,000 miles to raise money for Whipps Cross Hospital to say thank you for nursing another of his sisters, Madge, through coronavirus.

When she was discharged he looked after her until she died in July last year.

He began his latest 1,000-mile challenge in April for the hospice which looks after his older sisters Mary and Pat who are in their 90s

Mr Murray was a middle child of 15 with ten sisters and four brothers and walked from a young age to collect water from the well near his home in Ireland. He also survived tuberculosis when he was a child. 

His Father died when he was 12 and his mother got him jobs to support the family. 

When he worked at a grocer’s his job was sorting through the tins of biscuits to remove the broken ones.

Mr Murray said: ‘I deliberately broke the biscuits so I could have some to take home because it was a treat. We never had luxuries. We were so poor it was unbelievable. We had nothing. Everything was second-hand.’

In 1950 he came to London to earn more money to support his mother and five younger siblings in Ireland. At first he washed dishes at a hotel for £1 a week.

Mr Murray then worked at another hotel for £3 a week. When he had saved enough money he starting selling A-Z street maps around London which eventually became his first business. 

After that, Mr Murray had his own successful shops which had stands for comics, paperbacks and magazines.

He also bought and sold multiple properties. Now, he uses the money he made throughout his life to support charities and continues to fundraise for them. 

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