Char­ity gig raises £12k

Lennox Herald - - THE TICKET - Tara Fitzpa­trick

A music lover from Bal­loch has raised more than £12,000 for Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal at the 10th an­niver­sary of his an­nual rock-n-roll trib­ute night.

Jim Mclean, 59, has hosted an an­nual char­ity gig night called SAHBRock for fans of The Sen­sa­tional Alex Har­vey Band with friend Alex Hogg for the past decade.

The night at­tracts fans from all over the UK and as far away as the USA and Aus­tralia.

With 2017 mark­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the event, Jim aimed to make it more suc­cess­ful than ever and suc­ceeded – rais­ing a whop­ping £12,808.16.

Jim and his friend James pre­sented a cheque to the hospi­tal last week af­ter count­ing the fi­nal to­tal. To kick off the fundrais­ing Jim had his long sil­ver mul­let shaved off in Oc­to­ber.

His crowd­fund­ing project aimed to raise £200 ahead of the event in Novem­ber but in­stead raised a to­tal of £2700.

“I just can’t be­lieve how sup­port­ive peo­ple have been. We have just kept watch­ing the to­tal rise up and up,” Jim told the Len­nox Her­ald.

Jim vis­ited his lo­cal hair­dresser Rus­sell Gibb, at Bruno’s bar­ber shop in Dum­bar­ton, who do­nated the cost of the hair­cut to the crowd­fund­ing to­tal.

De­spite hav­ing been recog­nised for his long hair all his life, Jim said he was start­ing to get used to his new mo­hawk style.

He added: “I ac­tu­ally quite like the mo­hawk now.

“It’s funny how you get used to it.” The con­cert it­self was a huge suc­cess and in­cluded auc­tions of many orig­i­nal SAHB me­mora­bilia, much to the de­light of fans.

For­mer mem­ber of Glas­gow’s Sen­sa­tional Alex Har­vey Band, Zal Clemin­son, has do­nated one of his gui­tars which at­tracted a win­ning bid of £1,250.

Zal also per­formed with his new band Sin­dogs at the event held on Novem­ber 11, 2017, at Ivory Rocks in Glas­gow City Cen­tre.

To help the cause fur­ther, a 1970s photographer who worked with Alex Har­vey do­nated an orig­i­nal stripy jumper which raised £2,000 at auc­tion and a mas­ter tape record­ing which pulled in an­other £300.

Jim is de­lighted to have been able to help out such a good cause and has no in­ten­tion of stop­ping his fundrais­ing es­capades any time soon.

He said: “I’m very proud of what we have achieved.

“We’ll have to see what next year brings as we wanted 2017 to be the best year yet and it was ... so how do we top that?”

Big hearted The SAHB Rock con­cert in Glas­gow and (inset) Jim (right) and friend James at the gig.

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