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Robbie showing bravery (and plenty more) on charity bike ride

Dr Robbie Allon is willing to reveal what is under his kilt... to raise money for charity.

The 28-year-old Glaswegian is taking part in a 600-mile bike ride from Berlin to London in June in aid of World Jewish Relief.

For every £200 raised, he is going to remove an item of clothing from his highland dress and cycling gear, with a photo taken at each stage.

Robbie has already raised £1,500 of his £2,000 sponsorship target in a month, so it might be a good idea for him to start searching for an appropriate-sized fig leaf.

Former Calderwood Lodge pupil Robbie is a junior doctor in London, where his family, including parents, Nigel and Maxine, now live. His father is a former Giffnock Synagogue chairman.

Maxine said: “I’d pay him to keep his clothes on — but it is for a great cause.”

The WJR bike ride is in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport.

WJR, originally known as the Central British Fund for German Jewry, orchestrated the Kindertransport and brought 10,000 children to safety.

The charity has organised this unique six-day cycle to emulate the journey taken by the children on the first Kindertransport train, departing Berlin and travelling to London Liverpool St, via Holland.

The cyclists will be setting off from Berlin on Sunday, June 17, arriving in London during the afternoon of Friday, June 22.

The idea of the sponsored strip came from Robbie’s girlfriend, Hannah, who works for WJR.

Robbie said: “Our original idea was for me to begin the photo series in full cycling gear and take off layers with every £200 raised.

“However, though I now live in London, I am a proud Scotsman who wears my kilt on any possible occasion. It seemed only right that some good old black watch tartan made an appearance.

“I am currently down to my t-shirt. Regular photo shoots have been taking place in my local park in Finchley, which has got me some very odd looks. As we get to the later stages, I am slightly concerned about being arrested for public indecency.

“I am posting the pictures on my Facebook page and have also created an Instagram account (@thecyclingscotsman) for anyone who’d like to follow my progress.”

Robbie added: “Over the last few years WJR has become one of my favourite charities. It’s unbelievable to think about the conditions thousands of Jewish people across eastern Europe endure and how easily those the charity helps could have been my parents and grandparents, who, like those on the Kindertransport, came to the country as refugees.

“For this reason I also feel really strongly about the work the charity does to help people outside of the Jewish community; in particular, their programme to give Syrian refugees, who have been resettled in the UK, the tools and skills to find work.”

* To sponsor Robbie, visit worldjewishrelief.org/thecyclingscotsman


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