Bob’s great 550-mile bus trip raises £1,500 for brave boy

Bob Waite reaches Berwick
Bob Waite reaches Berwick

A FORMER chimney sweep is back home after making his way from the southern-most to the northern-most part of the country – using nothing but his bus pass.

Bob Waite got dropped off at Land’s End, in Cornwall, last Friday, and the next day began a mammoth 550-mile bus trip to Berwick, in Northumberland.

He was sponsored for the unusual trip, and estimates to have raised about £1,500 for 11-month-old Oliver Osborn, who suffers from aggressive epilepsy.

Dad-of-two Bob, who lives in Blackhall with wife Denise, said: “Getting home was the most phenomenal feeling.”

The 63-year-old made it to Berwick at 3pm on Thursday after a week that saw him catch about 42 buses and meet some generous characters along the way.

His route covered towns including Taunton, Tewkesbury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Leicester, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Wakefield and Leeds.

With just six minutes to spare, he caught a connecting bus to Scarborough, and then Middlesbrough, Stockton, Newcastle and Berwick.

Bob said he met some really helpful people who advised him of the best directions, and also thanked a group of drinkers he met in Tiverton, Devon, who pledged £25.

He had met the group in Goldies Bar, and was asked to follow them on to the Twyford Inn.

Oliver’s mum Danielle Coils, 28, of Wadham Close, Peterlee, said: “We are just overwhelmed by the support Bob has shown us.”