Four days for three grand

Michelle McManus shows her support for Ian (back, centre) and Shed staff and family friends, all joining the fundraiser on his Ben Nevis climb.
Michelle McManus shows her support for Ian (back, centre) and Shed staff and family friends, all joining the fundraiser on his Ben Nevis climb.

SWAPPING drinks and and the dancefloor for walking the West Highland Way can’t be easy – but Shawlands man Ian McMillan is going one step further.

Ian, who works in stewarding at southside nightclub The Shed, is tackling a journey of 96 miles and 4,406 feet along the famous route and up Ben Nevis, all in memory of his wife, Mags.

Known as the Shed mum, Mags passed away in May after three years on kidney dialysis.

A dedicated fundraiser, the southsider had joined her husband’s team on the West Highland Way journey in 2010, and Ian hopes that this week’s challenge – tackled in just four days – will top the £3,000 fundraising total from that year.

He told The Extra: “Mags was always fundraising for the kidney unit at the Western Infirmary, after we found out that nurses would take money out of their own pockets to buy items they had trouble getting hold of through the hospital – little things like slippers.

“After doing the three peaks challenge two years ago, we set up a fund which the senior nurse can access with no red tape, and it means that 100 per cent of the money goes to the patients.

“Sadly, Mags passed away in May and she’d always wanted her ashes scattered at the top of Ben Nevis. So we thought we’d turn a negative into a positive, and what evolved was myself doing the West Highland Way at a crazy pace, and then an open invitation for anyone to do Ben Nevis with me”.

He added: “It’s a fantastic tribute to Mags that so many people want to be involved, so we’ve called the walk the Shed MoM – in Memory of Mags.

“I’d like to thank people for their generosity so far. Any further donations are welcome, through the Shed’s website, paid into the account or in person – we don’t mind as long as it gets there”.

The southsider also has a famous friend on his side, as singer and television personality Michelle McManus – also from Shawlands – has been encouraging fans to dig deep for the charity drive.

She commented: “Everyone on the southside knew who Mags was, so it was devastating when she passed away and left Ian behind.

“A lot of men in his position would find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, but what he’s doing is remarkable, carrying on for Mags and raising money for hospitals which need it”.

Ian leaves Milngavie at 6.45am on Monday (July 23), and details of his journey – along with information on sponsoring the team – are available at www.shedglasgow.com.