Children back Rob as he steps out on a sponsored hike in aid of Mary’s Meals

ROB White is marking his 70th birthday with a sponsored hike later this month.

Rob White

The Scot is walking 10 miles between St Peter’s Catholic Primary, Stalybridge, and the school bearing the same name in Hazel Grove, Stockport.

Rob, a volunteer reader at St Peter’s, Stalybridge and former caretaker at the Hazel Grove school, is hoping to raise £500 for Mary’s Meals, a charity that provides meals for 1.25million children in 15 third world countries.

He will be sent on his way by pupils and staff at St Peter’s, Stalybridge at 9.45am on Friday, January 26 and hopes to arrive at Hazel Grove by 1pm.

Children from both schools will help raise money for Rob who worked in the food industry before being made redundant and becoming school caretaker.

Though retired, Rob is still involved with the Hazel Grove school, teaching pupils Scottish dancing and cooking them a meal for the Chinese New Year.

Of the sponsored walk, Rob said: “It costs £13.90 to feed a child for a year and the great thing is 93p of every £1 raised goes to the charity.

“I have already received £100 sponsorship and I am hoping the children – there are 250 pupils at each school – will help.”

Rob last year raised £5,000 for a charity in Ecuador. He gave children a tube of smarties and asked them to return it to them full of coins.

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