Mammoth walk all the way from St Andrews to Rome

Peter Skelly, who walked from St Andrews to Rome for Alzheimer's Research UK.
Peter Skelly, who walked from St Andrews to Rome for Alzheimer's Research UK.
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A man has walked from St Andrews to Rome to raise money for an Alzheimer’s charity.

Peter Skelly took on the 200-day 1800-mile solo walk for Alzheimer’s Reserach UK and has raised more than £1000.

The 47-year-old telecoms software engineer chose the charity because his mum Anne (71) has been living with Alzheimer’s for several years.

Peter, from Blantyre, Lanarkshire, chose St Andrews for a number of reasons - mostly because it was a well-known place that people would have heard of and also it allowed him to follow the Fife Coastal Path, which he had walked before, stopping off to visit an uncle in St Monans.

“I was also going to pass through Pavia and there is a link between St Andrews and Pavia via the famous Italian mathematician Gerolamo Cardano, who had visited St Andrews in 1553 and while there reportedly healed the Archbishop,” he said.

“There are so many people like my mum living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It’s really good to know that the money I’ve raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK will help find the treatments so urgently needed. My walk has also raised money for the support services mum enjoys, provided by the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.”

More than 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK, including more than 66,000 in Scotland alone.