‘Hike for Mike’ on West Highland Way
Michael Philbin was a doting father of two daughters. So, when he started working for local charity Edinburgh Lone Fathers Project (run by One Parent Families Scotland) he brought lots of first hand knowledge and empathy about how important fathers are to children. At that job, Michael became as well loved by the families he helped, as he was by his local community in Broxburn, where he had lived most of his life. As a keen walker who volunteered at his local boxing club, his friends and colleagues were stunned when he passed away suddenly from an unknown cardiac issue on New Years Day, 2017.
11 of those people – his oldest friends from Broxburn, recently honoured Michael’s memory by walking the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William. In the planning for the hike, they thought it would be a nice gesture to raise money for his old project and set an ambitious target of £1000. 96 miles and a lot of blisters later, Hike for Mike raised over £5000!
Satwat Rehman, Director OPFS said:
“Mike was a much valued and loved by his friends, family and those he supported and worked with at OPFS. Mike’s loss is still felt by us all. We are extremely grateful by the fundraising efforts of Mike’s friends in the ‘Hike for Mike’ and are looking forward to the celebration event. The donations will go in memory of Mike towards helping OPFS support the project that meant so much to him.
Please join former colleagues, families Michael helped, friends and his own family to celebrate this incredible achievement on Saturday October 6th 1:00 – 3:00 at Bridge 8 Project (Calder Crescent , EH11 FNE, https://www.facebook.com/bridge8hub/). A cheque presentation will take place, along with canoeing activities for children on the canal, face painting, and scavenger hunts.