Pensioner will walk 100 miles in just two days

A PENSIONER is doing a 100-mile walk in just two days to raise money for a hospice that looked after his late ex-wife.

Retired council officer David Attle, 73, aims to raise £1,000 for Nottingham’s Haywood House Hospice after his ex-wife died of breast cancer.

He said: “Her suffering in the last few months of her life was made more bearable by the care and devotion she received at the hospice.

“I wanted to demonstrate in a practical way my gratitude for the way Susan was cared for by the doctors, nurses and volunteers.”

Mr Attle, who lived in Giltbrook until recently moving to Ilkeston, will not be able to sleep during the challenge and says it is common for walkers to hallucinate towards the end.

He has been a member of the Long Distance Walkers’ Association for more than 20 years. The big challenge – a 100 mile walk in 48 hours – is the association’s annual flagship event and takes place in a different part of the country each year. This year the event is being held in Shropshire.

Mr Attle has done six of the challenges already. His last one was in 2007 and he completed it in 38 hours.

David and Susan married in 1984 and lived in Giltbrook.

They had two children and divorced in 2001, but remained friends.

Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and died last September, aged 56.

Mr Attle worked for Nottingham City Council and as a security worker at IKEA, in Giltbrook, until he retired aged 71.

Sponsor him at www.justgiving.com/David-Attle.