Edzell charity walker going strong at 65

Edzell walker Bobby Campbell.

Edzell walker Bobby Campbell.

Edzell walking legend Bobby Campbell has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity over the years, and after surpassing his two latest milestones he has shown he has no intention of stopping.

Bobby, who turned 65 last week, is walking eight miles a day to raise money for the children’s charity CLIC Sargent.

And despite being eligible for free bus journies, walking is still the choice of travel for the former military man, who was awarded the MBE in 1996 for his charity work.

With two artificial hips and a stent in his left leg to open up a blocked artery, the grandfather-of-five shows no sign of slowing down.

Bobby, of North Esk View, Edzell, said: “It may only be eight miles, but at the end of the day I’ve got two metal hips.

“The hospital said to me: ‘Bobby if you can do eight miles, do it.’

“I actually started in March last year, then I had this problem with my leg.

“I had to give it up when I had the problem, so I started again in September.

“If I keep up at this pace, I should finish my 5000 miles by the beginning of May 2012.

“Since I began this challenge, I’ve received about £1200 in donations, just with being on the road, which isn’t bad at all.

“I’ve had individual donations of £250 given to me, which is an incredible sum for one person to donate.”

Discussing his surgery and current challenge, Bobby said: “I use Nordic poles to walk now.

“They take 30 per cent off the wear and tear to your hips. Because I’ve got metal hips, you’ve got to watch it. When I first got bother with the blocked artery, they told me: ‘If we can’t fix this, we’ll need to take the leg off.’

“But if that had happened I would’ve gone out on a bike or something, it wouldn’t have put me down.”

Regarding the charity work Bobby has completed in the past, Bobby mentioned some of the places he has visited which have given him inspiration:

“I’ve been into all the hospitals; -Yorkhill, Ninewells, Leeds General and Great Ormond Street.

“I love doing it and it helps others. That’s what it’s all about; that’s what keeps me going.

“I couldn’t have done this alone, however.

“My nurse, Marie Christie helps me contantly, with supplies, T-shirts, all sorts.

“Marie is a nurse at ward 29 at Stracathro Hospital, a specialist children’s ward.

“Hamish Aldridge is the community fund-raiser for CLIC Sargent who covers the east of Scotland, and he’s a great help to me too.

“Also I have help from other fundraisers, like Ian McDougall, a hill-walker friend from Tillicoutry, who climbed ten peaks in six hours, which he finished in June. That helped the cause greatly.”

Bobby, who has news clippings from his fund-raising from as far back as 42-years-ago, has no plans on giving it up, saying: “If you can do it, you should help others.

“I’ve been doing this since I was 14-years-old. When I pack this in, they’ll need to take the legs off me.”

Anone who wishes to make a donation to Bobby’s latest challenge should telephone him on 01356 648 403.