Maresfield Ronald Mitchell, 83, treks 20 miles for Chelsea Pensionsers

A SEVEN hour trek from Maresfield to Brighton? Pah, that’s nothing for this sprightly pensioner.

Superfit Ronald Mitchell, who is 83 years old, has decided to make the 20 mile trek from his home in Millwood Lane to the seaside resort in a bid to raise money for the Chelsea Pensioners – former members of the army who live at a retirement and nursing home at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Ronald says he decided to embark on the walk because the hospital is going to have to find funding for improvements to be made to the home.

He said: “I do a lot of walking and I can walk a mile in about ten minutes. I am hoping to walk to Brighton and then back again. I think it will take me over four hours, but I am planning to walk and run.

“I want to raise about £20,000 and I have forms that I’ve been taking around.

“I’ve got quite a lot of support from local businesses - hairdressers, the pub, and people I have spoken to. Yesterday I received donations of £50 and £25. A lot of local people are going to sponsor me.”

The married dad-of-six, grandad of eight and great grandfather of two says he is hoping to make the journey sometime in April.

He continued: “I was thinking April Fool’s Day but it might be some other time in April.

“My route we will be along Millwood point, then Barcombe and Lewes. There is a main road there and so I am going to have to be careful. But I will be keeping up the pace.”