Brand new walking challenge for Bobby

Charity man: pictured left to right are Marianne Craig ( Poppy Scotland's community fundraiser for East Scotland), David Neill (member of the Scottish Military Vehicle Group), Allan Smith (Secretary of the Scottish Military Vehicle Group) and Bobby Campbell MBE. The vehicle is a 1942 Willy's Jeep.

Charity man: pictured left to right are Marianne Craig ( Poppy Scotland's community fundraiser for East Scotland), David Neill (member of the Scottish Military Vehicle Group), Allan Smith (Secretary of the Scottish Military Vehicle Group) and Bobby Campbell MBE. The vehicle is a 1942 Willy's Jeep.

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Bobby Campbell MBE embarked on a new charity challenge this week.

The 66-year-old from Edzell recently completed a 5,500 mile walk for Clic Sargent and is now undertaking a 5,000 mile walk in aid of Poppyscotland.

The former army veteran’s new challenge will take him two years to complete by walking, on average, eight miles a day. Bobby also organises the Scottish Poppy Appeal collection in the village.

Bobby completed his first leg on Monday, September 17, at 12 noon and was greeted at the Edzell Arch by Marianne Craig, from Poppyscotland, and Allan Smith and David Neill from the Scottish Military Vehicle Group, who took two wartime Willy’s Jeeps along with them.

The money that Bobby raises will be used by veterans’ charity Poppyscotland to provide vital year-round support to Scotland’s veterans and their families, a growing number of whom experience difficulty after leaving the Armed Forces and may struggle with battlefield injuries, psychological trauma, or issues with finances, housing and employment.

Poppyscotland community fund-raiser Marianne Craig spoke of the charity’s gratitude, saying: “We are tremendously grateful to Bobby for raising funds for Poppyscotland in his own unique way.

“Bobby already devotes a great deal of time to our cause by organising the Scottish Poppy Appeal in Edzell and, with the annual Appeal just round the corner, it’s wonderful that he wants to support us even more.

“We really need people like Bobby to help us continue our work, providing life-changing support to Scotland’s veterans. He is a true inspiration.”

Bobby, who received an MBE for his fund-raising efforts, has taken part in charity walks for most of his life.

His recent fund-raising walk for Clic Sargent, raised over £2,000, and he is still receiving donations.

All 5,000 miles of his new challenge will be completed locally, averaging out at three hours per day, over 625 days, with no time off for birthdays, Christmas and New Year. He aims to complete his walk in May 2014.