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Phil’s fund-raising for spinal charity nears £6000

Ellon father-of-two Phil Thornley is taking part in the London Marathon in aid of Spinal Research UK.

Ellon father-of-two Phil Thornley is taking part in the London Marathon in aid of Spinal Research UK.

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.”

 

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