AN IRVINE man who had to learn to walk again after a tragic crash that took the life of his friend completed an epic Lands End to John O’Groats cycle to raise cash for Ayrshire's Whiteleys Retreat.

Santander worker Paul Mcilwain has now amassed £3,795 on JustGiving to help the small Ayrshire-based charity that provides therapeutic breaks for children and families affected by Cancer and other life altering illnesses.

Twenty years ago Paul broke both of his legs in a road traffic accident and he had to learn to walk again after the devastating incident.

The charity thanked him for wanting to do something positive for children and young people who need support during difficult times.

He said: “I am raising money through taking part in a challenge that is both important to me personally and many people who benefit from the great work.

“On a personal level, this year marks 20 years since I had my legs badly broken and lost a best friend in a road traffic accident.

“Following the accident, I had to learn to walk again and have had numerous operations, the last one being two and a half years ago in May 2018.

“I wanted to do something positive to mark the resilience people can show through life, to remember my friend and to help a charity that helps bring light into the lives of many families who are suffering.

“I hope to prove to myself and show others that drive, determination and resilience are important especially during these testing times.”

A Whiteleys Retreat spokesperson said: “There’s still plenty time to show Paul your support and donate to his funding page. He’s almost reached his target of £3,000 but needs more help to smash it.”

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