The sun was shining as a Barnet councillor took part in his 40th walk in aid of North London Hospice yesterday.

Cllr John Marshall was joined by more than ten volunteers on his annual trek around Hampstead Heath Extension.

So far the chairman of Barnet’s conservative group has raised more than £900 for NLH which provides specialist palliative care for people with advanced progressive diseases.

Speaking about yesterday’s event he said: “It was quite tiring, but it was a lovely day.

“The sun was shining on the righteous. The walk has become a current event for the North London Hospice – it’s a good thing to go for a walk but to raise some money for charity at the same time is a terribly good thing.”

Cllr Marshall started walking in aid of NLH in October 1990 after reading a biography of former speaker of the House of Commons, Selwyn Lloyd, who did sponsored walks to keep his weight down.

He is still collecting donations for NLH, and hopes to reach his target of £1,000 by Wednesday.

Natalie Gordon, NLH community fundraiser, said: "This is a fantastic achievement and we would like to thank Councillor Marshall for all his support over the years. The hospice relies on the help of our supporters.

"The funds Councillor Marshall has raised will help North London Hospice to continue to provide specialist care to the local communities of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey."