Great Dalby man who walked UK coastline wins national award

Peter Hill, of Old Dalby, pictured after receiving the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) Community Star Award at the organisation's presentation night EMN-150619-162541001
Peter Hill, of Old Dalby, pictured after receiving the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) Community Star Award at the organisation's presentation night EMN-150619-162541001
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An Old Dalby man who walked 5,000 miles around the entire coastline of the UK in 10 months has been given a national award in recognition of his efforts.

Peter Hill (51) raised more than £14,000 from his gruelling challenge, with the money split between the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and Multiple Sclerosis National Therapy Centres.

And the SIA was so impressed that judges at its annual Rebuilding Lives Awards event, at Hilton Birmingham Metropole, honoured him with the SIA Community Star Award.

Mr Hill received a generous round of applause from 200 guests as his name was announced by Channel 4 Countdown’s Susie Dent, who was hosting the awards.

He set off from Southampton in February 2015 and returned to the south coast shortly before Christmas, having walked the length of Wales, around the tip of Scotland, north-east England, East Anglia and the south-east coastline.

More to follow.