THE countdown to Bob’s Walk 2013 got underway last week with a fundraising afternoon in the Kingdom Centre, Glenrothes.
The 108-mile walk along Fife Coastal Path in aid of Maggie’s Fife is being led by Dr Bob Grant from Markinch.
And on Friday he was at the shopping centre to raise awareness of the event, and net new sponsors.
It will be the fourth Bob’s Walk to help raise funds for Maggie’s Fife, with the core team of walkers - which includes Gazette editor, Allan Crow, and Linda Palmer from Buckhaven - making the trek from Maggie’s Edinburgh to Maggie’s Dundee via the coastal path.
The hospitals are milestones in Dr Grant’s own medical history.
He had radio therapy at the Western general in 1961 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his thigh bone, and he had his leg amputated at Ninewells in Dundee in 2002.
Bob, who chairs the associate fundraising board at Maggie’s Fife, will lead the walk on his crutches, with thew team covering up to 15 miles each day from August 3 to 11.
Their stop-off points will include the cancer care centre in the grounds of the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, as well as a number of towns and villages around the coastal path.
They are also inviting locals to join them on the walk - all 108 miles - or simply to come along and do stages of it and raise extra money for Maggie’s Fife.
There will be plenty of stops en route , and the organisers hope many folk will come along and offer their support.
The walk kick-starts from North Queensferry to Burntisland on August 4; Burntisland to West Wemyss on the fifth; up to Elie on the sixth and on to Pittenweem where it will arrive during the local festival.
From August 8-11 it passes Kingsbarns, Guardbridge, Tayport and the Tay.
DO you want to join Bob’s Walk?
The walk around Fife Coastal Path takes place from August 3-11 - and the organisers are looking for more volunteers to sign up and take part.
There are only 15 places among the core team - led by Bob Grant - which will do the full walk from Maggie’s Edinburgh to Maggie’s Dundee.
But you can also join the walk and do any distance to suit your own timescales and fitness levels.
Tu Edwards, from Maggie’s Fife, explained: ‘‘You can come along and walk for a day or morning as the team passes your area - and help raise more money for Maggie’s.
’’It’s very flexible and and we would be delighted to welcome individuals or groups.’’
>> Bob is also doing training sessions for the walk at The Mercat Shopping Centre, Kirkcaldy on June 29 from 11.00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m; Kingdom Shopping Centre on July 5, from 11.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and the Kingsate in Dunfermline on July 25 from 11.00 a.m. to 2:30.p.m.
How to donate:
Simply visit fundraise.maggiescentres.org/bobswalk - and pledge your support online.
Sponsor sheets are also available at the Fife Free Press office at 23 Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy and at our Maggie’s Centre.
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