Josh’s touching tribute to Cumbernauld grandad

Josh Burnett starts his sponsored cycle with dad David, watched by mum Bev, siblings Zack and Cerys, and gran Lillian Forbes.
Josh Burnett starts his sponsored cycle with dad David, watched by mum Bev, siblings Zack and Cerys, and gran Lillian Forbes.

A MUCH-MISSED volunteer for a local charity has been honoured by a sponsored cycle ride spanning the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Cumbernauld Action Care for the Elderly board volunteer Robert Forbes. from Seafar. was well known for his caring approach towards the town’s senior citizens.

Sadly he developed lung complications and passed away in 2008.

Six years beforehand, Robert – a retired metallurgist for British Steel – had cycled the canal route with son-in-law David Burnett who lives in England, to raise funds for CACE.

David and Robert’s daughter Bev were telling their son Josh all about the fundraising drive and the 10-year-old decided that he too would like to undertake the same route for charity as a means of paying tribute to his grandfather.

This time the charity to benefit is the Scottish wing of the British Lung Foundation and Josh has raised his £500 target through sponsorship from generous family and friends on both sides of the border

Josh’s grandmother, Lillian Forbes, said: “They set off at 10.30am and arrived in Bowling at 5.45pm.

“It was a very emotional day.”