City Cars driver Eddie has St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in mind as he takes on West Highland Way trek

Taxi driver Eddie McBride is well-used to clocking up big distances every day – but from tomorrow, he’ll be covering the miles on foot, rather than from behind the wheel, to raise funds of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

Eddie, who works for Scotstoun-based City Cars, will join a group of friends to walk the entire West Highland Way.

Ranging in age from 33 to 57, they will trek the 96-mile route over eight consecutive days, finishing on Friday 27 April.

Eddie said the walking group, which he recently joined, have trekked in places all over the world but being close to home this year inspired him to launch his appeal to help a good cause in the community he knows so well through his job.

He said: “The guys go on walking trips every year, all over the world. They were in the south of France last year and have done the Black Forest in Germany, South America and other places.

“Because this one is at home, I decided I wanted to do something for a local charity. I spoke to one of the girls at City Cars about St Margaret of Scotland Hospice. I’ve been aware of the Hospice for years from dropping off and picking up staff and patients.”

The Whiteinch resident says his admiration for Hospice staff is heightened by his experiences in his previous employment as a care worker.

And while the Hospice’s reputation in providing the highest standards of care to all are well-known, he believes it is important to do everything he can to raise awareness.

Eddie added: “A lot of people perhaps still don’t realise the Hospice is Open to All – it’s a local Hospice for everyone.

“I’ve been really impressed with the set up in the Hospice. All charities do good work. I was a care worker for eight years so I know about what goes into it, although not the palliative side of things.

“It takes special people to be involved in that kind of care. That’s what I’d like to give to. I know that all the funding it receives is very important and every single penny will help.”

Looking ahead to the trek, Eddie knows it will be anything but easy. But he is ready for taking on the challenge.

He said: “I have a condition that affects my back and neck and my knee ligaments are torn. I used to do boxing and play football, that’s how they got damaged. I was advised by my doctor to walk.

“France last year was stunning – I was taken aback by how much it reminded me of Scotland.

“I’ve heard the West Highland Way is difficult. You cover roughly the same distance – 11 or 12 miles – on most days but the terrain is different each day. I’ve prepared for it well and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Eddie had already raised nearly £800 on his JustGiving page, with friends and colleagues also pledging further cash donations.

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