Almost £5,000 raised in memory of quad bike victim Paul

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Almost £5,000 has now been raised in memory of Paul Thomson, the Lerags businessman who died in a quad bike accident on New Year’s Day.

The father of two’s family and friends set up a crowdfunding page to pay for a memorial bench to be placed near Kilbride Kirk.

On the campaign page, The Lerags Glen Community wrote: ‘A hand-crafted stone bench carved with Paul’s name will be set at the high point of the churchyard, looking over the glen he so loved.

‘A place where neighbours in the glen and his friends from Oban, London, and elsewhere can come and remember him. And those who visit Kilbride from all over the world will be able to read about him – an important part of its 800-year story.’

The total amount raised at the time of going to print was £4,943.

The cost of the bench is £2,000 the surplus money will be donated to Friends of Kilbride, of which Paul was a trustee.