Businessman David Sutherland walked the New York marathon to help boost a massive £1 million appeal for the Raigmore Children’s Ward.
Mr Sutherland, 62, chief executive of Tulloch Homes and chairman of the appeal, was part of a seven-strong team to take part in the latest fundraising event for the new ward. The appeal has now reached its half way mark.
The aim is to transform the existing department at Raigmore Hospital into a world-class centre for sick children within two years.
The work will include a redesign to create a more co-ordinated and focused layout with a child-centred and family-friendly environment, improved facilities, more support for families and more cutting-edge equipment.
It was the first time Mr Sutherland had taken part in a marathon and he had only hoped to reach the half way stage. However, he and his walking partner Catriona Cameron, the owner of the Mustard Seed and Kitchen restaurants in Inverness, completed the entire route.
He said: “Catriona and I walked the 26 miles and did so against a backdrop of excellent support from the citizens of New York and in particular, New York Police Department. The crowd was fantastic throughout all the boroughs.
“As for a self-confessed portly gentleman from Inverness, I think I’ll stick to the spectacular scenery of Glen Affric and the likes as, at 62, I felt a little over-awed by the spectacle of supremely fit people running this marathon.”
The rest of the Highland team were Neil Cameron, Tony Anderson, of Northern Constabulary, Valerie Matheson of the Breast Care Clinic, his PA Laura Mackintosh and Lorna Mackenzie, a nurse in Ward 11 at Raigmore Hospital.