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Snow walk worker 'bemused' by celebrity status

Peter Cartwright
Peter Cartwright

A health worker who walked 15 miles through snow to get to his job has become as national celebrity.

Peter Cartwright, has now received prizes from two TV shows and attracted a rash of media attention following his efforts to reach his workplace during last week’s snow.

Mr Cartwright, 52, of Essella Road, Ashford, said: "I am amazed at the impact this has had."

Mr Cartwright had struggled over eight hours to reach his hospital job in London, by walking, hitching lifts and catching trains, when the south east was paralysed by snow on Monday, February 2.

The following Saturday he was invited to join the studio audience in London for the Sky 1 topical show Noel’s HQ where host Noel Edmonds presented him and his wife Tina a prize of a weekend at a spa hotel.

ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show also sent him a National Treasure Award 2009 and his tenacity were additionally raised in the channel’s magazine programme Loose Women.

The story, published in last Thursday’s Kentish Express, has also appeared in most national newspapers.

Mr Cartwright works as a radiographer at Guy’s Hospital and his efforts were also acknowledged in the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust.

He said: "An awful lot of other staff also made it to work in those difficult conditions.

"I think the British spirit is within us all and people are desperate to get away from the risk assessment culture.

"But I also feel bemused by all the attention."

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