Saffron Walden County High School student Peter Weir Page walking 250 miles to Scotland while listening non-stop to The Proclaimers hit I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Teenager Peter Weir Page has set off on a two-week solo walk to Scotland for a children’s charity – listening to The Proclaimers’ hit I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) all the way on repeat.
As if the 250-mile (402km) hike is not enough of a challenge, the 17-year-old decided that listening to the 1988 hit song by Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid constantly for 14 days – an estimated 5,500 times – would attract more attention for his cause.
And so Peter set off from his home in Rickling Green on August 15 having already smashed his £4,000 target for The Childhood Trust, thanks to support from family, friends and a 60,000-strong TikTok following.
He is live-streaming his walk for six hours a day via YouTube and said he remained positive about hearing the song over and over again – an idea inspired by American sitcom How I Met Your Mother in which the song is played repeatedly on a road trip.
“They go through periods where they’re miserable and then some where they love the song. I’ll probably get hours when I’m bored of it and then hours when it will start again and I’ll be singing along!” said Peter.
“I’ll be playing it quite loudly as I walk and then putting on my headphones when I’m in public spaces and it will even be playing while I sleep – it’s 24/7!
“The response I’ve had to the idea has been amazing, people just think it’s really funny.
“I originally set a target of £1,000 and after eight hours had smashed it, so I raised it to £2,000 and in 24 hours had smashed it again, so I doubled it to £4,000. I just can’t believe how much people have got behind it.”
As of Friday evening (August 28) his fundraising total stood at £6,562.
His route will take him up the east side of England, through Lincoln up to York, through Yorkshire to Carlisle and on to the finish line at Hadrian’s Wall.
Peter will be going into Year 13 at Saffron Walden County High School in September and is aiming to study politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. He wanted to support The Childhood Trust following research for a school project on how much poverty affects people’s outlook on life.
The charity aims to alleviate the impact of child poverty in London. On learning about Peter’s challenge, it has provided him with T-shirts for the walk and invited him to visit once he has finished.
“They contacted me and I will get to go and see some of the projects they run, which will be really rewarding,” he said. “I’ll go to London where they’ll show me some of the things that the money I raise will go towards.
“The Childhood Trust do amazing things for disadvantaged children in London and the money donated will go a huge way to helping so many people.”
To sponsor Peter visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/peter-weirpage .