A young soldier who was shot in the head while on duty in Afghanistan is taking part in a 500-mile bike ride for charity.
Craig Paterson continued to shoot at the Taliban even after his helmet was pierced by a bullet during a gun battle.
The 22-year-old had been serving in Afghanistan with The Highlanders (4 Scots) for only three months when he was critically wounded last July.
The soldier, from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, had part of his skull replaced with a titanium plate, held together with 32 screws, before being flown to Birmingham to begin his recovery.
He said: "I got a couple mortars, machine gun fire. Then a couple of the guys came onto the roof to help me.
"That's when a sniper definitely started zeroing in on my head. I could feel the rounds bouncing all around me.
"We were pinned down at this point. I felt I needed to find out where he was and take him out, but when I popped my head up he took me out instead.
"When I woke up I couldn't move my right arm, leg, and had right side paralysis. When I look back, it's amazing I'm here."
Mr Paterson was told he may never walk again, but continues to defy the odds.
He is now taking part in the 500-mile Ride of Britain, raising money for SSAFA Forces Help, a charity offering support to members of the Armed Forces.