Another boost for Bobby

EDZELL man Bobby Campbell has received a fund-raising boost from Forfar in his bid to raise money for CLIC Sargent.

Come rain, hail or shine, every day since September 2010 Bobby Campbell has started the day with an eight-mile walk from his home in the village.

Major surgery, two metal hips and a lot of unseasonably poor weather has not put him off and he is now in sight of completing a 5,000 mile target to boost the funds of his nominated children’s cancer charity.

Last week, he even found time to call in at Forfar Post Office, where he was presented with the proceeds of a collection tin amounting to £113.

“I’ve raised about £2,300 for the kids myself, although I won’t know the final amount until September,” he explained.

“I gave the staff at Forfar Post office a thank-you card for keeping the jar on the counter and they’ve been really good with me.”

Mr Campbell credits his daily eight-mile walk with helping his recovery from surgery he underwent two years ago.

Over four decades, Mr Campbell has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for various good causes in a series of charity endeavours, which saw him honoured with the MBE in 1996.

Having undergone two hip replacements, he had feared his current fund-raising venture might beat him after artery problems led to him having a stent operation just as he celebrated his 64th birthday in July 2010.

However, he has felt that striding out has helped with the recovery process.