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Veteran (86) who raised £120k hailed by PM May

By Catherine Wylie

An 86-year-old veteran who walked 86 miles for charity has been recognised by the Prime Minister.

Jeffrey Long, from Bingley, West Yorkshire, raised more than £120,000 for The Royal British Legion in 2017 when his sponsored walk went viral.

The former paratrooper's fundraising campaign was given a boost after comedian Jason Manford posted a link to his JustGiving page.

The attention resulted in his total reaching beyond £120,000.

Mr Long is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

In a letter to Mr Long, Theresa May said: "The story of your fundraising has inspired millions of people online, and you should be incredibly proud of raising over £120,000."

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