Bobby sets 10,000-mile target for latest walk

Former Edzell fundraiser Bobby Campbell has not let a recent move from Angus slow down his efforts, as he is currently around a third of the way through another walking challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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Bobby (76) recently met with East Dunbartonshire Provost Gillian Renwick and Lord-Lieutenant Jill Young at Southbank Marina in Kirkintilloch when he reached the 3000-miles stage of a 10,000-mile walk for the charity.

Having recently moved to the town, he walks three miles a day in the area wearing a Macmillan Cancer Support hi vis vest.

Bobby said: “I recently moved to Kirkintilloch, so I am enjoying getting to know my new neighbours as I go out for my daily walk. I have been walking for charity for over 50 years and have covered about 107,000 miles during this time.

Bobby Campbell is pictured with East Dunbartonshire Provost Gillian Renwick and Lord-Lieutenant Jill Young.Bobby Campbell is pictured with East Dunbartonshire Provost Gillian Renwick and Lord-Lieutenant Jill Young.
Bobby Campbell is pictured with East Dunbartonshire Provost Gillian Renwick and Lord-Lieutenant Jill Young.

“I’ve walked from Land’s End to John o’ Groats for CLIC Sargent, Edzell to London for Malcolm Sargent House and I’ve covered thousands of miles for UNICEF, RNLI, SSAFA, the British Legion and many more.”

Bobby also completed some exceptional challenges, such as pushing a 12 stone wheelchair from Edzell to Aberdeen, walking 116 miles in 24 hours and pushing a barrel of bricks weighing 17 stone from Edzell to Glasgow.

As well as his fundraising activities, he also pursued a varied and rewarding career in the Army and the Ministry of Defence Police.

He has received a plethora of awards and medals for his service and charity work and in 1996, at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal presented him with an MBE for his charity work.

Provost Renwick, said: “One of the highlights of my role as Provost of East Dunbartonshire is meeting the wonderful people who live here and Bobby is a truly inspirational member of our community.

"He has dedicated his life to raising money for good causes and despite a number of health problems and two artificial hips, Bobby continues to set himself exceptional trials.”

Anyone wishing to donate to MacMillan Cancer Support can find out more at https://donation.macmillan.org.uk/.