Monday, 10 March 2014

104 Year Old On Sponsored Walk

Thanks to everyone who read our blog and joined us on a London Walk today.

The full programme for tomorrow can be found at

Just before we swap our walking boots for our slippers, here’s one final thought…

Feeling uninspired? Read this…

SAM MARTINEZ has made some incredible journeys during his long life.

During World War II, he was one of more than 800 men from Belize in Central America who braved Nazi torpedoes to cross the Atlantic to work as tree fellers in Scotland.

Now aged 104, Sam, who settled in Edinburgh, is the only one left.

And, incredibly, he is planning another epic trek, a fundraising walk for charity.

His granddaughter Carrie said: “His philosophy is he started again when he turned 100. He says he’s four now, not 104.

“He says that he’s surprised every morning when he wakes up and he’s still here.”

Sam values his independence and lives in his own home in Edinburgh’s Wester Hailes.

He still follows his beloved Hibs, visits the bookies four times a week and walks to church every Sunday.

And he only retired 10 years ago when he eventually quit as a meat packer for his local butcher.

But he has no plans to sit back with his pipe and slippers.

He’s planning a sponsored walk for children’s cancer charity Cclasp, who helped his family when Carrie battled leukaemia as a child.

Read the full story on The Daily Record’s website.

You can donate to CCLASP – Children with Cancer & Leukemia Advice & Support for Parents – at their website:

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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