Frank Tolley of Townfield De Tatton Lodge no. 2144, aged 94, Completes 50 Mile Challenge for Sale Church Hall Roof Restoration

This is an extract from the messengernewspapers.co.uk website on Saturday 14th November 2015:-

SPRITELY Bomber Command veteran Frank Tolley is once again going the extra mile to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.

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The 94-year-old, from Sale, hit headlines back in March when he became the oldest person to complete the daring zip wire from the roof of the Imperial War Museum.

The challenge raised £3,000 towards the £42,000 restoration cost of St Paul’s church hall roof in Sale and Frank has finished another fundraising feat.

The great-grandad, who recently appeared on BBC’s war commemoration series People Remember, has walked 50 miles in six days.

Money raised through the sponsored walk will help St Paul’s Church, which Frank has been attending for 55 years, to reach its fundraising target.

“The church hall is one of the few places in Sale available for events at a competitive rate and so it is advantageous locally for this to keep going,” said the Imperial War Museum volunteer, who completed the final leg of his challenge on Monday November 16.

“Everybody is doing such a lot – we have about £40,000 towards the total cost now and work has just started on the roof.”

Apart from raising funds, Frank completed the walk as a tribute to his comrades of the Manchester Air Crew Association.

Some of the members of the association had been taken as prisoners of war in World War Two and had been forced to walk 250 miles from Germany to Poland as the Allied Forces advanced.

“When they did that terrible walk, they were ill, it was wintry weather and they had very poor footwear,” he said.

Copies of a poem Frank wrote about World War Two entitled ‘Until much later’ are also available to purchase at St Paul’s Church; money raised through sales will go towards the church  roof fund.

You can still sponsor Frank for his 50 miles challenge – Cheques payable to ‘St Paul’s Church, Sale’ can be handed to the church at 15 Springfield Road Sale, M33 7YA or visit his fundraising page justgiving.com/50milesin5days.

Franks earlier exploits we have already reported on was his Zip-wire exploits across the river Irwell back in March 2015.

These are some of the pictures from the 21st March 2015 during one of his previous fund raising activities:-

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