Bobby planning book on charity efforts

Bobby Campbell from Edzell handed over his diary to Kirsrtie Mitchell from Poppy Scotland on Friday at the entrance to the town. Pictured with them from left - Colonel Paul Middlemiss, Allan Smith and Eileen Smith.

Bobby Campbell from Edzell handed over his diary to Kirsrtie Mitchell from Poppy Scotland on Friday at the entrance to the town. Pictured with them from left - Colonel Paul Middlemiss, Allan Smith and Eileen Smith.

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Edzell’s most famed charity fund-raiser is now looking to compile a book on his exploits to help raise more money.

Bobby Campbell MBE recently had to hang up his walking boots after problems with his replacement hips forced him to pull the plug on his charity walks.

The decision to stop was a difficult one for the veteran fund-raiser, with Bobby saying at the time: “My heart says to keep on going, but my brain is telling me that it’s time to stop.”

Although he had to pull out of his fund-raising walk for PoppyScotland just after reaching his halfway mark of 3,250 miles, Bobby is still staying on as the Poppy coordinator for Edzell and the surrounding area.

Speaking about his injury, Bobby explained: “I have had a recent x-ray on both my mechanical hips, and been informed that the muscle and tissue was damaged around the hips due to constant pounding of the road to keep fit and raise money.”

During his stint walking to raise money, Bobby covered some 100,000 kilometres and was able to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities.

He is now keen to produce a book detailing his efforts, which has seen him undertake countless challenges during a span of fund-raising of over 40 years.

He explained: “I am now thinking of forming a book, I have hundreds of photos, news clippings, certificates and documents referring to my charity work.

“These include local charities and national charities. I have also had five poems written about me.

Could anybody out there help me collate my book? The proceeds of a book would go to charity.”

If you are able to help Bobby in his bid to make a book, please e-mail R.S.Campbell.183@btinternet.com or contact the Brechin Advertiser, who will pass on any details of help.

Although no longer raising money for charity through walks, Bobby has recently undertaken a boxing marathon in aid of Alzheimer’s.