GLENGOYNE Distillery worker, Duncan McNicoll, started to feel a bit ‘strange’ one day when he was working last November.
The stillman, who has been making whisky the traditional way for 35 years, didn’t realise that his symptoms were the early stages of a stroke.
Luckily a colleague spotted that he was very unwell and called an ambulance.
The paramedics knew almost straight away that Mr McNicoll had suffered a stroke and they took him straight to the strokes acute ward at Glasgow’s Western Infirmary. Since then he’s made a miraculous recovery, returning to work only six weeks after he took the stroke and he even started running again at the beginning of this month.
Very grateful for the excellent care he received at the Western Infirmary, Mr McNicoll wanted to give something back to them so he was delighted when his 25-year-old daughter Eilidh decided thay she would like to raise money for the ward by doing the Edinburgh marathon in May this year.
He said: “I think it’s great that Eilidh is going to do this.
“I’d love donate money to the hospital so they can buy more TVs for the men’s ward as they don’t have any.
“It’s a long day on the ward when you are recovering from a stroke.
“Patients are often unable to walk, use their hands or speak so they can’t read a book or magazine.
“Without even a TV to watch the day can drag and there’s a danger that you sit and think about what’s happened to you and get depressed.”
Mr McNicoll, who has only had four days absence off work due to ill health until he had a stroke, was shocked to fall victim to this condition. The married father of three, twins Eilidh and John (25) and Calum (24), said: “I was always very healthy so didn’t expect this at all.
“It really makes you realise how lucky you are to have your health and how this really could happen to anyone.
“The NHS is fantastic - the doctors and nurse do a wonderful job and I’m thrilled that I can to do something to say thanks.”
Eilidh added: “The women’s ward had TV’s because I think someone raised money to buy them but the men had nothing.
“We took a CD player in for my dad and earphones so that at least he could listen to music.
“It was awful to see him so ill - he lost his eyesight.
“He’s normally so able but he was suddenly in a very vulnerable state.”
The Royal Bank of Scotland on Douglas Street in Milngavie and Strathblane are accepting donations for Eilidh. You can also hand money in to staff at The Old Mill in Killearn, The Blane Valley Inn or the Kirkhouse Inn in Strathblane.
DADDY’S GIRL . . . Duncan McNicoll with his daughter Eilidh.