Volunteer Bob stepping out to raise money for Christmas hampers

Bob Ward picking up supplies

Bob Ward picking up supplies - Credit: Archant

Super volunteer Bob Ward is stepping out again to raise money for festive hampers for families who need a little help this Christmas.

Bob is hoping to raise £1,000 to pay for the hampers which will be distributed by Eat That Frog, by walking non-stop for 12 hours later this month, come rain or shine.

He intends starting his coastal walk at 4am on November 28, and he has set up a GoFundMe page which had raised more than £400 in its first few days online.

Bob, of Torwood Garden Road, Torquay, volunteered throughout the first lockdown and is determined to keep on helping even though he has now returned to his work as a delivery driver for Snows in Exeter.

The 67-year-old former butcher is determined that everyone will have turkey on their family Christmas table this year and has already ordered the birds through a butcher friend.

“I have missed helping at Eat that Frog and I even secretly hoped I would be furloughed again for this lockdown so that I could volunteer for them again. They do so much great work for families that need it.

“But then I watched Joe Wicks on Children in Need and thought I could do something perhaps not on his scale, but something to push me nonetheless.”

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During the first lockdown Bob, who volunteered via the Torbay Community Helpline also raised money for an industrial potato peeler for Eat That Frog after discovering having peeled spuds for the first time in his life, that it was hard work.

In addition, he walked dogs, helped someone living nearby with their shopping as well as maintaining their garden and went on trips to Bristol to pick up tons of food for the foodbanks supplied by the Torbay Food Alliance.

“I missed the regular volunteering and wanted to help Eat that Frog again because they are a great bunch of people.

“It means a lot to me to think that those families that need a little extra help this Christmas will get it – hampers with turkey and a few presents as well,” said Bob.

To encourage him on his walk (from a safe distance) his route, on Saturday, November 28, will take him from his home in Torquay along to Preston and Paignton seafront up to the harbour and back again.

To make a contribution to Bob’s Christmas campaign go to: https://bit.ly/BobbyWard