Robin plans new mission
STUART GILLESPIE A forces charity boss is getting ready to go on the march again.
Robin Hood raised £ 30,000 for Southwest Scotland RnR last year by trekking more than 300 miles from Dumfries to the Cenotaph, all the while pulling a 20 stone statue of a Scottish squaddie called Jock.
And he’s planning a similar feat from John O’Groats to Dumfries later this year to marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a new carving called Jock 2.
Robin, who lives on the banks of Loch Ken near Mossdale, said: “I’m having a carving of a commando made by the same sculptor, although this time it’s going to be made out of cedar to cope with the rain.
“It’ll be a month or so earlier than last time, which was to mark 100 years since the end of World War One, so hopefully the weather will be better.”
As well as raising money for the charity, Robin will also be calling in at job centres to share with them details of Southwest RNR’s programme offering former servicemen and women free HGV driver training.
He added: “We have 30 through so far. I’ve had pop-up banners made and have been going around job centres in the south of Scotland letting them know about it.
“There was a piece on the BBC Midlands website about the walk last year which has had more than 70,000 views and there has been a lot of interest from Birmingham so we’re setting up an office there.
“We’ll also be setting one up in Rotherham where the council has provided free office space and room to do the training.”
Lookback Robin Hood on his charity march last year