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Pensioner's 1,740-mile car drive

Alex Patterson
Mr Patterson's Ford Sierra has clocked up 228,000 miles

A 92-year-old man is gearing up to drive the length of the UK and back in his old Ford Sierra to raise money for the homeless in Sierra Leone.

Alex Paterson will drive from his home in Sheffield to John O'Groats and then on to Land's End before returning.

Mr Patterson, who visits Sierra Leone as part of a missionary group, hopes to cover 1,740 miles in under five days.

He plans to resit his advanced motorists certificate before embarking on the journey in his 20-year-old car.

The pensioner wants to raise money to help fund a project to buy a farm so that the homeless and disabled can grow their own food and become self-sufficient.

I've had the car since February 1988 and I've never had a spot of bother with it in all that time
Alex Patterson

He said: "The homeless in Sierra Leone aren't people who've just had enough of where they live and leave, they have lost their home and their families during the civil war and have nothing."

On 9 September he will set off in his 228,000-mile Ford Sierra which he has owned since new.

"I'll be driving on my own," he said.

"I've had the car since February 1988 and I've never had a spot of bother with it in all that time."

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