Fantastic 5K a Day in May event is Greig’s way of showing support … and helping you get active!

Greig Robertson has organised a fantastic new event to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get active and raise funds for the Hospice.

Greig Robertson, right

5K a Day in May invites you to walk, run, cycle or swim 5k in every day of the month, on your own or in a team made up of friends, family members, classmates or colleagues.

Greig, an Under-18s coach at Celtic FC who lives in Duntocher, took part in a Q&A to us to tell us about why he organised the event and what it will involve.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so via the event’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/greigrob78

Why did you decide to organise this event?

Greig: I always wanted to organise an event that would help raise some much-needed funds for the Hospice and as a keen runner I thought that this would be a perfect match.

Tell us a bit about it – how can people take part?

The idea is to try and cover 5k each day for the month of May by running, walking, cycling or swimming, as individuals or as a group. For example, five work colleagues might want to get involved in this event and each walk 1k each day during their lunch break. Primary school pupils could complete 5k a day as a class. Any looking for ideas or to get involved can contact the Hospice fundraising team on 0141 435 7018.

Do you have any personal connection to the Hospice?

My dad lost a short battle with cancer in December 2017 and spent his last few days in St Margaret of Scotland Hospice. I was touched by the warmth and empathy shown towards my dad and all the family whenever we were there. The work carried out by the staff is incredible and I made a commitment to myself shortly after the passing of my dad that I would do my very best to help and support the wonderful efforts of everyone associated with the Hospice. 

What has been the best thing about organising the event and fundraising?

I visited a local primary school recently to invite them to take part in the event and the idea was so warmly received by the head teacher, which provided me with hope and encouragement that this event could be a success. 

What message would you like to send to people looking to take part?

Please get involved in any way you can and let’s try and raise as much money as possible for this incredible cause. If people miss a day here and there then it isn’t going to be a failed challenge. Hopefully this can raise money but also possibly inspire you to make lifestyle changes.