Malcolm Noble

Malcolm is raising funds for Forces Children Scotland

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Camino De Santiago Pilgrim Trail
We support children and young people to reach their potential and thrive.


Malcolm Noble will take on an epic 100 mile trek in the Pyrenees to raise funds in support of Forces Children Scotland.

Malcolm has completed many incredible fundraising challenges during his time as chairperson of Forces Children Scotland; from his hometown Aberdeen Kiltwalk to many embarking on many memorable adventures overseas.

Having recently retired as chairperson, Malcolm has announced plans to lace up his walking books once more to support children and young people from armed forces and veteran families.

The Camino de Santiago, or ‘Way of St James’, is a network of walking trails across Europe that lead to the city of Santiago de Compostela in North West of Spain.

Pilgrims have been walking these trails since the Middle Ages, and they traditionally made the journey to Santiago Cathedral, where the remains of St James are reputedly buried.

Malcom has chosen to take on the French route, which begins in the town of St Jean Pied de Port, at the foot of the Pyrenees.

Malcolm has taken time out from his preparations to answer a couple of questions about his latest fundraising challenge.

What inspired you to take on this challenge in support of Forces Children Scotland?

“As former Chairman of Forces Children Scotland, I thought I should continue to set an example to other supporters; it is good to donate money but, sometimes, it’s much better to give time and commitment to complete a challenge when you can.

To sustain my 100 miles over quite difficult terrain, I need to have a sense of purpose; that is to raise funds through sponsorship to support children and young people from armed forces and veteran families to realise their potential and thrive.

“My spiritual purpose behind the challenge is to reflect on the motives of those who have passed through this route for centuries, all of whom embarked with a strong sense of cause and purpose; something I can certainly relate to.”

Do you have specific connections to the armed forces community?

“I am inspired by my father’s wartime experience. On his return to the UK on 5 August 1945, he received this from his Command officer: Andrew Noble (Royal Engineers as part of the 51st Highland Division) has served in this Company for a period of 6 years. He has seen action in France Arakan and North Burma. And has proved himself an excellent teacher He is reliable and trustworthy and his military conduct is very good.”

Can you tell us more about the route you have chosen?

“The route will start at St. Jean Pied de Port on the French/Spanish Border. This is the starting point for the French Camino pilgrim route. I will follow a strenuous uphill walk over the crests of the High Pyrenees, where I will enjoy many stunning landscapes.

“I will then arrive at Roncesvalles, the Valley of Thorns, where I will meet my wife, Sarah, who will join me for the rest of my journey towards Logrono, Rioja in Spain.”

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