Bearsden man helps raise £100,000 for soldiers’ charity

H4H Don Maclean
H4H Don Maclean

A FORMER Royal Marine who was injured in Afghanistan has helped to raise almost £100,000 for soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes.

Don Maclean (35) – who grew up in Bearsden where his family still live – cycled across 12 American states to raise funds for the charity in June this year.

In addition, Don recently spoke at a fundraiser event in Milngavie Town Hall which raised £5,500 following a gala concert.

The total raised to date for Help for Heroes is an incredible £98,000.

Don was part of an eight-man team who 
cycled 3,050 miles acrossed America in seven days, seven hours and 29 minutes.

Don said: “I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to compete in this race and help raise money for such a good cause.

“There are so many others with much more serious injuries.”

The former Bearsden Academy pupil was an army reservist with the Green Beret and a car salesman in Liverpool before he was injured.

He stood on an explosive device which only partially detonated while on patrol last April and has undergone many hours of reconstructive surgery to rebuild his shattered right foot.

The charity concert was a sell-out success with £1,000 being generated from the raffle alone.

Sally McNair compered the event which also included music by the Allander Jazz Ensemble.