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OAP's 8000 Mile Hitchhike

An 80-year-old from Leicester is back from his epic 8000 mile hitchhike to South Africa to raise money for the LOROS hospice in memory of his wife.

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Hitchhiking pensioner back in Leicester after 8000 mile adventure to South Africa

Mike Howitt before he set off on his epic journey Credit: ITV Central

A pensioner from Leicestershire is safely back in the UK after hitchhiking 8000 miles from Leicester to Cape Town in memory of his dead wife.

Mike Howitt, who's 80, set himself the challenge to raise money for the LOROS hospice which helped provide respite care for his wife Diana in her final hours.

Mr Howitt is a seasoned international hitchhiker; when he did National Service he covered 12,000 miles, and had previously hitchhiked around the coast of South Africa from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, and in Israel around the Sea of Galilee.

This morning he's being welcomed home by members of the congregation at the Trinity Life Church in Leicester.

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