Charity gig raises £12k
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.