Charity walk for Ellon man

Bob Donald at the Pilgrims Office in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Bob Donald at the Pilgrims Office in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

An Ellon man has returned home after walking the French Pilgrims Way for charity.

Bob Donald started his walk at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on Thursday, April 25, and finished up at Santiago de Compostela 35 days later on Thursday, May 30.

The walking route was estimated to be 483.7 miles in length, and Bob aimed to complete 15 miles a day.

The very fit 78-year-old decided to take on the walking challenge to raise money for Maggie’s Centres which helps and supports people affected by cancer.

However despite finishing his charity walk, he carried on from there and walked from Muxia to Finisterre, the location where the original Pilgrims Walk ended and is better known as ‘The End of the Earth’.

Bob is a keen walker and in the past has twice walked the West Highland Way, climbed all Monroes and Corbetts in Scotland, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and also walked the GR7 in Spain, in stages.

Commenting on her dad’s achievement one of his daughters, Lesley, said: “We, his daughters and grandchildren, are so proud of him.

“He is an inspiration for any age that with determination you can achieve everything you set out to do - age is no barrier.”

Bob returned home following his walking challenge on Thursday, June 6.

Donations towards Bob’s Camino del Santiago trek can still be given online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robert-donald3.