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Malcolm's half century for charity

Friday 9th August 2019, 2:06pm

Mountaineering Scotland member Malcolm MacPherson has decided to celebrate his upcoming 50th birthday by giving something back to the outdoors.

He decided to donate £5050 to a dozen charities mainly connected with the outdoors.

But rather than simply make out a cheque, he’s asking people to decide which charity gets what proportion of the money – by voting with their own wallets.

So he’s set up a JustGiving page where people can earn votes by donating to Scottish Mountain Rescue.

Malcolm said: “I could have just donated privately, but this way provides a chance to raise funds for another charity and to raise awareness of the charities I’ve chosen. If you don't recognise any of the charities on the list here, just click on the link.”

The charities to benefit from a share of the £5050 are:

John Muir Trust

Trees for Life

National Trust for Scotland

BMC Access & Conservation Trust


Scottish Air Ambulance

Venture Trust

Erskine Hospital

Pilgrim Bandits

Mountains Bothies Association

Community Action Nepal

Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland

Once the public donations to Scottish Mountain Rescue are counted up, with donors getting one vote per pound, the £5050 will be split up, with the charity with most votes getting £1000, 2nd getting £750, 3rd £600, 4th 500, 5th and 6th £350, and the others £250.

Malcolm’s JustGiving page can be found here.

Scottish Mountain Rescue will benefit from the charity vote.