East Kilbride contractor completes daring charity challenge

L-R: Louise Macleod, (Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland); Roz Malcolm (director at akp Scotland); and Phil Mycek (estimating manager at akp Scotland).

EAST Kilbride-based contractor akp was the top fundraiser at this year’s Forth Rail Bridge Abseil event.

The akp team comprised Phil Mycek, Colin McCready, Connor McBride, and Roz Malcolm, who abseiled 165ft onto the sandy beach below to raise over £4,359 for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland. In total, the event raised a whopping £120,000, which will help to provide over 6,000 hours of bespoke one-to-one care.

The feat was in memory of former colleague Neil Donnan, who spent four-and-a-half years with akp Scotland as a quantity surveyor. He passed away in January 2023 aged 42 after experiencing a heart attack and brain aneurysm, leaving behind wife Stephanie and two children.

Phil Mycek, akp estimating manager, said, “I can honestly say that I was nervous when looking up at the jump off point from the ground, the abseil was daunting but an adrenaline rush with a real sense of accomplishment at the end.”

Louise Macleod, community events and fundraising manager at Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, said, “Thank you very much for taking part in the Forth Rail Bridge Abseil and as our top fundraisers for the event, you are responsible for providing 217 hours of care!”