Robin plans new mis­sion

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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

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