An 86-year-old veteran undergoing chemotherapy has raised £108,000 in just 48 hours after a chance meeting on a train propelled his fundraising into the spotlight. Jeffrey Long from Yorkshire had planned to walk 86 miles along the Thames on his 86th birthday (31 October) to raise £1000 for the Royal British Legion. But the pensioner, who was in the Parachute Regiment and has an MBE for his charity work, has now smashed his original target one hundred times over. This isn’t the first walk that Jeffrey has done – to celebrate his 84th birthday he walked the 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall and he walked 85 miles along the Leeds and Liverpool canal – but he says this is the hardest so far. All proceeds from the walk will go to the RBL.