Happy 90th birthday to local volunteer walking guide Peter Davenport who joined the boroughs Health Walks programme nearly 16 years ago. He quickly became an avid walker, and after 100 sessions was encouraged by the team to sign-up as a walk ‘leader’.
Since then he has been leading two groups every week, each one with around 50 participants. Walks are about an hour.
The Richmond Health Walks are free, organised group walks for people who are currently not very active but would like to increase their physical activity. These gentle walks take place in groups and provide a safe and social atmosphere.
Walks are commissioned by Richmond Council and delivered by volunteers through Walking for Health. Peter added: “I do the walks to keep myself fit and I love meeting people. I think mainly people come because it is so social. You get to meet lots of lovely people. Walking is a secondary benefit.
“Some of the attendees have been coming on these walks as long as I have! It is very popular. If you’re thinking of joining the health walks, don’t think about it, come and join!”
For more information about the borough’s Health Walk programme, go to: http://www.richmond.gov.uk/health_walks