An 80-year-old man from Leicester is preparing to hitch kike to Cape Town in South Africa to raise money for the hospice that cared for his wife before she died.
Mike Howitt will use his thumb to travel more than 8000 miles in less than three months.
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Police are urging shoppers and revellers to allow extra time this weekend as 100,000s are expected to arrive into Birmingham New Street.
It'll be an unsettled weekend with wet, windy and cold weather.
Men walked a mile long route around Worcester today in ladies' shoes to show their opposition to male violence against women and girls.