Greig hands over the cheque at the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.
By Lizzie Healey
Fund-raiser Greig Robertson visited St Margaret’s Hospice in Clydebank to donate a cheque raised by his May 5K a Day initiative.
As well as inspiring several individual fundraisers and a Hospice team to get involved in the walk, run, cycle or swim challenge, Greig took part himself, running a 5k (3.1 miles) of his own every single day throughout the month.
His incredible efforts raised £1570. Sr Rita and Sr Kate were delighted to meet Greig as he handed over the cheque before talking to us about the challenge.
The Celtic FC youth coach is a regular runner and gym goer and his experience of being around a fitness environment meant the distance he had to cover wasn’t daunting in itself – even if he refused to take his foot off the pedal, completing every 5k in 21-24 minutes.
But the commitment required to complete his task for 31 days in a row was a different matter.
Greig said: “Trying to fit it in was difficult. It was tough to come straight home from work and go out running, because I have kids and I’d be feeling guilty about going straight back out.
“It’s also hard mentally to get home from a day at work and go back out again.”
Greig admits to being “overwhelmed” by the support he received in his venture and hopes that he can make it an annual event.
Reflecting on his fundraising total, he said: “I thought people I know would throw in a few bob. But the generosity of people has been overwhelming.
“I think it has mileage for the future. I would like to get schools involved in taking part and maybe finish with a big run at a park on the last day.”
Greig, from Duntocher, was inspired to create the event after visiting his dad when he was being cared for at the Hospice.
And he says remembering his personal mission played a part in helping him through the challenge when the going got tougher.
He added: “In the short time my dad was at the Hospice I said to myself I’d do something to help towards costs in a very small way.
“That was my motivation every day when I was running. It’s an incredible place with incredible people and I know that it is getting more and more difficult for them to raise money.”