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Council 12/13 of the Knights of St Columba has raised £1,100 to send a young man to Lourdes. That young man is Louis Marshall who, seven years ago, suffered a brain injury so severe that doctors were going to switch off his life support, having decided there was no hope he would recover.
However, just before they took this action, one of the medical team noticed a slight movement in his right hand. They agreed, therefore, not to switch off his machine, even if the doctors believed that he would not recover the ability to walk, talk and engage in most normal activity.
Today Louis, 26, is now walking and talking and doing quite a lot for himself. This is down to his family and friends, his physiotherapists and his support team from the charities Natural Breaks and Headway. Louis’ sister Kathyrn and aunt Lynda Wardale were hoping to raise further funds to send him to Lourdes by running a half-marathon, though this has been postponed until the autumn owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Our photo shows (left to right): Lynda Wardale; Desmond Fraser, council 12/13’s grand knight; provincial warden Peter Cherry; Louis Marshall; council treasurer John Larway.
Finally, the coronavirus crisis is taking its toll on many planned events and the Order has found it necessary to postpone the Biennial National Memorial Mass for deceased members which was due to take place at the Metropolitan Cathedral on Saturday 13 June, though it is hoped that this can be rearranged for a later date.