Robert’s carrying the baton

Robert Cuthbertson
Robert Cuthbertson

A Milngavie man who has raised nearly £20,000 for a cancer charity has been chosen to be an official Commonwealth Games baton bearer.

Robert Cuthbertson will be carrying the baton through Milngavie on behalf of the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

He was chosen because he’s raised £18,000 since 2009 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer by holding various events and running a marathon.

He is heading up the first Breakthrough Group in the West of Scotland and is also an Ambassador for the charity.

Robert has done everything from holding car boot sales, bag packs at Marks&Spencer and Tesco, bucket collections at Thales Optronics, raffles at Garscube Harriers and he has also completed the Great North Run.

He was nominated to carry the baton by former work colleague, Martin Bate, at Thales Optronics for 42 years service with Barr&Stroud/Thales Optronics and for his coaching of the juniors and senior members at Garscube Harriers as well as fundraising for Breakthrough.

Robert said: “When I got my confirmation email that I was selected I was surprised and thrilled as this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a charity very close to my heart so this is a real honour.

“I am really looking forward to carrying the baton and my friends and family will all be there to support me and join in the celebrations on the day.”

Niamh O’Shea from Breakthrough Breast Cancer said: “The day when we make the ultimate breakthrough – freedom from breast cancer – is on its way, but we can only get there with the help of our amazing supporters. Robert is the perfect candidate to carry the baton. He is a true community ambassador and has worked tirelessy over the years to raise funds for our vital research, and to raise awareness of breast cancer.”