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Father, 92, raises hundreds with charity abseil in journalist son’s memory

A 92-year-old father has raised hundreds of pounds after undertaking a charity abseil in memory of his journalist son.

Peter Walker, pictured, descended Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower in honour of Jon Walker, who was chief reporter at the Petersfield Post.

Jon died in March aged 64, just weeks after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

His father’s abseil raised almost £500 in aid of Fitzroy, a charity covered by his son which provides a range of services for adults with learning disability, autism and similar conditions.

Peter Walker

Speaking to Post publisher Tindle Newspapers, he said: “My first aim of doing this abseil was to raise the profile of Fitzroy.

“I’ve had the opportunity to get to know them but I’ve only done the easy bit and some of the work they do is extremely difficult.

“When you talk about celebrities, the people that work there are the real celebrities.”

Mr Walker added: “I can almost imagine [Jon] looking at me in that way of his and thinking ‘what are you doing now?’”