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97-year-old walks five miles in charity fundraiser

A group of people standing out in the open air on a sunny day. They are holding up a white banner which features the words: "Walking for Peggy", and the logo of 4Sight Vision support. The man on the far left is wearing a traditional costume of a Town Crier.

97-year-old Ant Gillings from Worthing has walked 5 miles in memory of his partner and love of his life Peggy, to raise money for charity 4Sight Vision Support.

The charity provides free support and specialist information to blind and sight impaired residents, and their families and carers, throughout West Sussex. 

Peggy was a client, volunteer and supporter at the charity who put on an Afternoon Tea fundraiser in her back garden every year.  She was also part of its Culture Vultures group, sharing stories from her childhood during the Second World War.  

Ant walked in a slightly chilly breeze accompanied by Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, Ant’s daughter and five others. He was greeted along the way and at the end of the walk by staff from the charity, as well as friends and well-wishers. To make the event even more special, Worthing and Adur Town Crier Bob Smytherman met them half way on Lancing Beach Green. The walk took one and a half hours to complete and so far Ant has raised over £2250.

Ant commented,

“Peggy lived with dementia for many years as well as losing her sight during this time. 4Sight Vision Support provided wonderful support to Peggy and the family through visits, assessments and equipment to help with everyday tasks.  Peggy was able to stay in her beloved home for as long as she could and remain independent.” 

If you’d like to donate in memory of Peggy and support Ant’s challenge, please visit his Just Giving page: or contact the team at 4SVS by email at or call 01243 838001  

Photo supplied by 4Sight Vision Support