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Kind-hearted locals come forward to help injured Skye fishermen

Angus Graham, left in sunglasses, and Martin Mackinnon, right, were injured following a RTC on Skye on Sunday
Angus Graham, left in sunglasses, and Martin Mackinnon, right, were injured following a RTC on Skye on Sunday

Kind-hearted locals have rallied to help two Skye fishermen who were injured in a car crash at the weekend.

Martin Mackinnon, 25, and Angus Graham, 29, were on their way to work at Dunvegan last Sunday when an accident halted them in their tracks.

Both men were seriously injured with Mr Graham suffering from a collapsed lung and broken ribs.

As a result of their injuries the fisherman, who are self-employed, have been signed off work.

Locals have now organised a fundraising leg wax for the lucky members of Sleat and Strath Football Club, among others, to raise funds for their captain Mr MacKinnon and his colleague.

Mr Mackinnon, who lives with his partner Kerry and six-year-old son Ryan, said: “To be honest I’m a bit overwhelmed by everything, every time I go on social media and see all the support me and Angus have been getting, it’s quite emotional.

“I just feel so grateful that so many people have been helping out, and I will never forget this for when they are in need of help at any time.”

Mr Mackinnon, who has a fractured vertebra on his back and fluid on his pelvis, thanked the speedy response of the emergency services and hospital staff at both Broadford and Raigmore Hospitals.

He added: “The doctors are saying that I have to wear my full back brace for three months so I could be off for three to six months which is a bit of a disaster as I’m a self-employed fisherman I won’t receive any money from work while I’m off.”

Gemma Ashdown, owner of Skye Serenity, who will host the fundraising leg wax this Saturday, said: “I wanted to be able to help out and do something that was instant so they didn’t have to worry about the money issues.

“We wanted to show support and raise funds to assist in everyday life while no income is forthcoming.

“The response has made me feel amazing. It is very hard for them all in a situation like this; Martin, Kerry and Ryan, and Angus. Everyone has clubbed together which is really good but still, I don’t think people are aware of how serious it is. They have months of recovery ahead of them.

“Everybody was thinking of doing something so I kind of bit the bullet because I am fortunate enough to have this place so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help.”

A JustGiving page has also been set up to help assist both men and their families throughout the recovery process, with donations welcome at: 

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/fisherman-fundraiser

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