Reward for fund-raising Reuben

Medal presentation: Reuben is presented with his medal by veteran fund-raiser Bobby Campbell.
Medal presentation: Reuben is presented with his medal by veteran fund-raiser Bobby Campbell.

Army Veteran fund-raiser Bobby Campbell MBE visited Stracathro Primary School recently where he presented primary two pupil Reuben Waddell with a medal to mark his achievement of cycling a marathon and raising money for the school funds.

Bobby attended a special Remembrance Day Assembly at the school when he was invited in to talk to the children about the Poppy, as he is currently walking 5000 miles to raise money for Poppyscotland.

Bobby (66) is well known in the local community and, despite having two artificial hips, he can be seen completing his eight-mile daily walk from Edzell to the Keithock roundabout.

Whilst at the special assembly Army Veteran fund-raiser Bobby, who has raised over £1 million to date for several charities, presented a medal to fledgling fund-raiser Reuben Waddell.

Reuben recently cycled over 26 miles to raise £1,549 for the Stracathro Pupil and Parent council.

Six-year-old Reuben cycled a distance of over 26.2 miles, during a six hour cycling challenge which saw him completing an Inchbare - Edzell - Inchbare ‘loop’ five times.

He drew his inspiration from coverage of the Olympics earlier this summer while watching Bradley Wiggins cycle to gold on television.

The money raised will help to fund educational outings for the children during the school term, such as trips to science centres and theatres and extra curricular activities.

Reuben was very pleased to receive his medal and has been inspired by meeting Bobby.

Bobby was very impressed with young Reuben’s achievement and encouraged the youngster to keep up his cycling and other activities.

The money that Bobby raises during his 5000 mile walk will be used by veterans’ charity Poppyscotland to provide 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.