Athletes have put their strength and endurance to the test as they did battle in the Banchory Beast Race, on Saturday. (September 27)
The event, which starts at the banks of Knockburn Loch near Banchory, involves a 10k race over rough terrain, dirt tracks and a variety of different obstacles.
olphin Drilling sponsored six employee teams who have volunteered to take part in the challenge to raise money for Friends of the Neuro Ward ARI. Their fundraising total currently stands at more than £700.
The charity was established by Orkney couple Caroline and Kevin Critchlow after Kevin was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and successfully treated by staff at the hospital.
It raises funds for Ward 40 at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and aims to improve and enhance facilities for patients, through providing extras the NHS is unable to provide.
This includes equipment which will aid patient recovery, which range from specialised beds to customised shower heads and dyson fans.
They also hope to furnish and equip a respite room for patients and relatives, and refurnish the patients day room, and purchase a bladder scanner and neuro palsy face machines.
Graham Angus, electrical superintendent at Dolphin Drilling, said: “As a company we wanted to show our support in whatever way we could for Friends of Neuro ARI.
“There have been a few nerves in the office about it, but on the whole everyone is really looking forward to it.
“We are delighted with how much we have raised so far, but are hoping for a final push to bring in as much as we can.
“This really will make a difference to all those, both patients and their families and friends, that use Ward 40 at ARI.
“The NHS can only afford to provide the minimum requirements for patients and this is where we can make a difference.”