Captain John 100: Shoreham 96-year-old completes walk for Crisis

Retired GP John Morgan has completed his charity walk in Shoreham and hopes to reach £3,000 with his fundraising for Crisis.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 4:55 pm

Mr Morgan, 96, has done 100 times around Ropetackle where he lives, and has so far raised just over £2,900 to help the homeless.

Inspired by Captain Sir Thomas Moore, Mr Morgan followed a circular route around Ropetackle and Broad Reach, and he encouraged anyone who spotted him to give him a wave.

He said: “I have completed my walk and the fundraising is still active, with just a last few pounds to reach £3,000 for the homeless, which would be wonderful.”

John Morgan, a retired GP, walked 100 times around Ropetackle in Shoreham to raise money for Crisis

Mr Morgan was a corporal in the 48th Mobile Battalion of the Warwickshire Home Guard during the Second World War. He became a lieutenant in 1949 and then a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1950, later carrying the same rank in the TA.

Mr Morgan became a doctor on the East Lincolnshire coast between 1954 and 1968, worked in Norwich from 1968 to 1985 and was then a locum in the parish of Hellesdon until he retired.

His son Jonathan, who lives in Hove, followed in his footsteps and was a GP at Shoreham Health Centre in Pond Road.

Mr Morgan said: “I live in a beautiful flat in Ropetackle. Until I eventually retired aged 78, I had spent my life as a GP.

“Inspired by Captain Tom, I am walking 100 times around my block of flats during May for Crisis, which helps the homeless, because I have always had a beautiful home and they have not.

“It’s a fair way and the most times I can manage is five in one day.”