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Peter Pickles on film

September 16 2011
Role model’s seventy-mile ‘stroll’ is now an hour-long documentary


Homeless man Peter Pickles walked 70 miles from Islington to Kent in a bid raise money for charity (as covered by this paper) - and now a documentary is being made about his three-day trek.

The hour-long film details Pickles’ walk from St Luke’s Gardens in Old Street to his birthplace of Dymchurch last August. His friend Lionel also went along for the 70-mile stroll. “I decided to go for a little walk and he just followed me,” joked Pickles.

Pickles raised over £1,000 for the King’s Corner Project, an Old Street-based charity offering advice and support for young people. “Workers and volunteers at King’s Corner have really looked after me,” said Pickles. “They treat me as a normal person - and this is my thank-you to them.”

Film-maker Patrick Steel followed Pickles on his inspirational walk, and his documentary is now in production.

The film examines how the government’s plans to end rough sleeping by 2012 are actually affecting people on the streets, said Steel.

But it also focuses on the positives. “Just because you’re homeless doesn’t mean you’re not an active member of society and don’t have a lot to give” said Steel. “Peter is a perfect example of that and a great role model.”