Edzell fund-raiser Bobby Campbell, MBE, has been spurred on in his bid to raise money for PoppyScotland after the news of the deaths of three soldiers.
Private Robert Hetherington (51st Highland, 7th Battalion), Fusilier Samuel Flint and Corporal William Savage (both of the Royal Highland Fusiliers), were killed during a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.
Bobby, who himself was a Corporal in the Royal Highland Fusiliers, said: “The news from the past few days brings back memories and a lot of horror of conflict. When I was on my second tour of Northern Ireland in 1971, the Chaplin visited the Maidstone rest ship and informed me that three of our soldiers had been shot. Now, 42 years on, it is still happening. This is the reason I’m raising money for PoppyScotland.”
Bobby, who is currently sidelined with a heel injury, added: “It spurs me on to get back on the road and raise money.”
In the past Bobby has raised money for CLIC Sargent, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and Tayside Wheelchair Outreach Project, amongst others and was awarded his MBE in 1996 for his charity work.
He said: “I try and vary what charities I support, but I will always have the military close to my heart after serving in the Royal Highland Fusiliers and having previously been a Standard Bearer for the Royal British Legion Scotland.”
Bobby added: “Incidents like this bring back lots of bad memories. My heart goes out to the families of those soldiers, and to the soldiers still out there.”
Bobby is currently scheduled to finish his walk for PoppyScotland in November 2014. If you would like to donate to his cause, you can now do so online by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/edzellwalker.