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Bobby does it again!

Bobby Grewal, famously called a ‘young man in his 70s’ has proved once again that there is no stopping a determined mind. Bobby took a 500 miles--Parliament to Parliament walk to raise £80,000 for the research of bowel cancer for St. Mark’s Hospital, Harrow. Come, read about his interesting experiences...

St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, Harrow, honoured Bobby Grewal’s walk at Park Plaze, Wembley, on June 20. The walk was organised by India Association, a London-based charity. Bobby Grewal, who is the chairman of India Association, presented a cheque of £80,000 to the chairman of St. Mark’s Foundation, Mr Le Brieke, at a dinner which was attended by 250 guests. This money will be utilised for bowel cancer research.


Bobby Grewal presents the cheque to Mr Le Brieke Chairman St Marks Foundation

It took Bobby almost five weeks to complete this long walk. He started on June 4 from Edinburgh, Scotland and completed this walk by reaching the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, on July 9. A caravan was his shelter for most of these five weeks. He was accompanied by his colleagues Ashok, his PR support and manager of the walk, and Mr Surjit Muther, driver-cum-major-support who gave good company and kept offering food and drink during the walk.

A major function was also held in Huddersfield, organised by Inderpal and friends, where over £30,000 were donated to the Bowel Cancer Research, at St Mark’s Hospital Foundation, Harrow.


L to R: Baljit Sood, Papa Joe, Kinney Channa, Dr Kewal Singh, Mr Le Brieke, Bobby Grewal, Virendra Sharma MP, Mr Shawness, Dalbir Sandhu Prof Colin Green & Cllr SS Chhokar

Bobby Grewal’s second major stop was in Leicester, where a huge function was organised by Baroness Verma, Davinder, Inderjit, Kooldeep and Ashok. Over 350 guests attended the function and over £15,000 of donations were collected for the Research.

Just before the walk on 2nd June, Jassi Khangura, MLA from Punjab, specially flew from India and organised a small gathering of 50 or so friends at the Monsoon, Southall and donations of over £40,000 were pledged and to date nearly £40,000 have been collected.

On July 9 morning, the walk was led by R. H. Dominic Grieve, M.P., to the Speaker’s apartment, where lots of dignitaries were gathered to greet Bobby’s walk, followed by speeches with canapés and drinks, which were provided by Lord and Lady Sheikh.

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