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Pedalling nowhere raises 200,000
Dale Howting
Dale Howting has raised thousands of pounds pedalling on the spot
A retired postman is about to reach a target of 200,000 raised for Kent charities by riding his bike.

Dale Howting, 72, has cycled hundreds of miles over 30 years on sponsored rides and was awarded the British Empire Medal for his charity work.

But much of his fundraising has come from pedalling on the same spot - in Roman Square, Sittingbourne.

"I'm like a tree in the middle of the square now I've been here so long," said Mr Howting, of Goodnestone Road.

Collecting box

"I sit on my cycle on a static stand opposite Woolworths every day.

"When I'm uprooted they will wonder where I've gone."

Passers-by constantly drop coins into a collecting box on the front of Mr Howting's bike for charities such as Kent Air Ambulance and Demelza House children's hospice.

"The amount of money he raises for local charities is brilliant," one told BBC South East Today.

Mr Howting said he wanted to carry on for several years yet and hoped one day to have raised 250,000.

"It is the community spirit of it all - and it works," he said.

"It has worked for 30 years and they haven't shot me yet."

72 year old postman's hit his fundraising target after 30 years

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