£1000 boost for Ellon man’s charity campaign

Nikki Thornley pictured on the morning before the accident in the Borders which left her paralysed.
Nikki Thornley pictured on the morning before the accident in the Borders which left her paralysed.

An Ellon-father-of-two, whose wife was left paralysed following a road accident, has raised more than a £1000 towards a charity campaign.

Phil Thornley is fundraising for her and the charity which has supported them since September.

Nikki suffered horrific spinal injuries in the accident in the Borders as the couple set off on a motorcycle trip to Europe.

She is being treated in Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital where she is expected to remain for the next few months.

Phil, an oil company project engineer, organised a pub quiz in Ellon’s Buchan Hotel last Friday which raised just over £1000 for his wife and Spinal Research UK, which he says has given them “fantastic” support.

He said: “Local businesses were very generous in providing donations to the raffle that was held at the end of the quiz, “Special thanks go to Eat on the Green, the Jamieson family (Ardlethen Quarry), JRD, Aberdeenshire Larder, Scallywags, The Chocolate Bar to name but a few.”

Phil added that he was delighted with the success of the event.

He plans to run in next year’s London Marathon as a tribute to Nikki and the charity.

A Facebook page created since the accident has more than 250 members and Phil has received many messages of support.