Love of the game will spur on Chris

Chris Peckett who will set off on his 250 mile walk later this month SUS-140814-153842001
Chris Peckett who will set off on his 250 mile walk later this month SUS-140814-153842001

IT WILL be walking boots not football boots Chris Peckett pulls on when he sets off on his quest to visit 18 grounds.

Next month Chris, who works at Sanctuary Living in Bognor Regis and the University of Chichester, will be setting off on his mammoth journey which will see him walk 250 miles all in the name of charity.

For the second year running he has been selected to represent the Homeless World Cup Foundation as an international volunteer.

As part of volunteers’ commitment to the foundation, they are given a fundraising target, which this year is £750. Chris has decided to raise it with the help of 
his feet.

Chris said: “The reason I have chosen to do a fundraising activity that involves walking 250 miles to football grounds in the south of England stems from this desire to share a message.

“Football, through the sheer mesmeric nature of its popularity, has an opportunity and a responsibility to give back something to the many millions who devote their loyalty to the green grass.

“Connecting with so many clubs and sets of fans seems like a great way of showing solidarity in support of such causes and allowing football to present a very positive message.

“When football is used positively to impact on peoples lives, it truly becomes a beautiful game and has enabled me to fall in love once again with the game that 
has been part of my life since May 19, 1985.”

His two-week walk will start on September 16 in Chichester, where he lives. He will visit grounds from Chichester to Portsmouth, Southampton, Wembley and Arsenal before finishing at Brighton on September 30.

You can show your support by sending donations to or text HWCP85 and the amount to 70070.