Polmont driving instructor’s Rush to raise cash

Mike Sword hanging off the CN Tower in Toronto on his previous fundraising mission
Mike Sword hanging off the CN Tower in Toronto on his previous fundraising mission
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A superfan of rock group Rush helped raise over £7000 through a festival for a cancer charity.

Driving instructor Mike Sword (51), from Polmont, was one of three fans of the Canadian trio who organised RUSHfest at the Dreadnought Rock club in Bathgate.

Devotees from across the UK, Ireland, Italy and the USA rushed to the festival which featured tribute bands, a guest speaker, whisky tasting, a quiz and an auction by top Scots rock DJ Tom Russell.

The top prize was VIP tickets to see the band live in Toronto in June which fetched a massive £2112. The total amount raised for Macmillan Cancer Support on the day was £7638.09.

Mike, who did an edge walk around Toronto’s CN Tower in 2012 to raise money for Down’s Syndrome charities, said: “Last year’s inaugural event raised just over £3000 for Macmillan so we’re all delighted with this year’s amount.”

Macmillan fundraising manager Linda Hamilton said: “Macmillan could not provide our services without our wonderful supporters like RUSHfest.”