I’m 86, I’ve had two new hips, but I can still tackle the Midnight Walk

Dr Peter Tomson is 86 and is taking part in the Hospice of St Francis Midnight Walk.
Dr Peter Tomson is 86 and is taking part in the Hospice of St Francis Midnight Walk.

Old age and two hip replacements aren’t going to stop retired GP Peter Tomson from doing his bit.

At 86 he’s the oldest person to sign up to the Hospice of St Francis Midnight Walk on Saturday, June 29.

And the doctor, who is determined to complete the five mile route option between Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted, will turn 87 before the big event.

Dr Tomson isn’t following any particular training regime but reckons the six hours a day he spends tending to his garden and the three miles a day he spends walking around it should ensure he has enough stamina to finish.

He said: “While I’ve been responsible for running some charity events before, I’ve never actually participated in an event such as the Midnight Walk. I’ve set myself a target of £3,000 and have sponsored so many other people in my lifetime that I’m hoping they will now reciprocate and pledge their money to me.

“Perhaps some of my former patients would like to sponsor me? The Hospice of St Francis is a superb organisation and, who knows, I may need its services one day, so I’m keen to do what I can for them while I’m still fit and enthusiastic.”

Dr Tomson, who lives in High Street, Abbots Langley, was a GP in the village for 36 years.

He would also like to get in contact with others from the village who are doing the walk, via the hospice, in the hope of catching a lift home with them after the event.

Northchurch-based hospice senior community fundraiser Fran Martin said: “We’re delighted to welcome Dr Tomson to our Midnight Walk and would urge any other octogenarians who think they may also like to walk for us to sign up too. It would be fantastic if we could have a whole contingent of 80 plus year olds walking under the stars together and raising money to fund our work!”

To sponsor Mr Tomson visit www.justgiving.com/peter-tomson1

To register or find out more about the Midnight Walk, please visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/midnightwalk or call 01442 869555.