Bobby hangs up his boots

Bobby Campbell Poppy Walk. 'Bobby has now done 3,250 miles which is the halfway point in his fundraising charity walk for Poppy Scotland.

Bobby Campbell Poppy Walk. 'Bobby has now done 3,250 miles which is the halfway point in his fundraising charity walk for Poppy Scotland.

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After more than 40 years of fund-raising, and over 100,000 kilometres of walking, Edzell’s best known fund-raiser is handing up his walking boots.

Bobby Campbell MBE has revealed he is to retire from his fund-raising walks following problems with his replacement hips.

His decision comes just days after he reached the 3,250 mile mark for a walk in aid of PoppyScotland.

He said: “I’ve spoken to PoppyScotland about my decision to stop and they have been very sympathetic. My heart says to keep on going, but my brain is telling me that it’s time to stop.”

During the course of his fund-raising, which resulted in an MBE for Bobby, he has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for 280 charities, and has been involved with other people during this time to raise over £1 million.

Bobby continued: “I had my replacement hips for seven years and in that time I’ve walked 13,000 miles and raised £10,000.

“I knew someday I would have to pack it in. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved, but it’s time to stop.”

Although he will no longer be a familiar sight on the road, Bobby plans to keep active, adding: “I’ll not sit down but I won’t be putting stress on my hips.”