An Ellon father-of-two who launched a fund-raising campaign after his wife was left paralysed in a road accident has raised nearly £6000.
Phil Thornley took part in the London Marathon and in the Etape Caledonia - an 81-mile cycle challenge in Perthshire- on Sunday in support of Spinal Research UK.
His wife Nikki was suffered serious spinal injuries in a motorcycle crash in the Borders last September. She is continuing her rehabilitation in hospital in Glasgow.
Phil’s participation in the Pitlochry event was not without incident.
He said: “I witnessed a nasty crash on the course and I stopped to give first aid to the rider and organise an ambulance.
“She was eventually airlifted to Ninewells Hospital with concussion/head and facial injuries as she collided with a tree head first.”
Following the 20-minute delay, he recorded a time of 4 hours 40 minutes.
The oil company project engineer started raising funds for the spinal charity in appreciation of the support he and Nikki have received.
His total includes £500 raised through a Denim for Devan day held at Auchterellon School, and proceeds from a small auction.
Phil explained: “I had the idea when I was ironing my son’s jeans one night as his name is Devan and wondered if the school would be interested in incorporating this into a ‘come as you please’ at the end of term. They were very supportive.”