Injured Stamford paratrooper Luke throws away his ‘old man’ walking stick

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A PARATROOPER who was badly injured in Afghanistan is great progress, thanks to the support of friends and family.

Pte Luke Morrison, 23, who lives on the Rutland Heights estate in Stamford, is walking without the use of a stick now he is used to his prosthetic leg.

He lost part of his leg in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in February and was fitted with the prosthetic limb in April.

Luke even started driving an automatic car again last month.

He said: “I am walking a lot better now and it is such a relief to have got rid of my old man walking stick.

“Now I am driving and walking properly, I am starting to get some of my independence back which is great.

“There is still a long way to go but the progress is fantastic.”

Luke, who is still attending monthly sessions at Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey, said he had been lifted by the support he had received.

Last month Martin Conneely, manager of Stamford Bels Football Club, organised a Motown night at Cummins Sports and Social Club in Wharf Road, Stamford.

The evening raised £4,000 for Luke, who attended the event.

Luke said: “It was a really good night and the atmosphere was fantastic. Words can’t describe how I felt to see all those people there for me and I am just so grateful for everyone’s support.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do with the money yet, it’s in a savings account at the moment.”

Luke went to his former school Casterton Business and Enterprise College on Tuesday to speak to pupils aged between 11 and 15 about his experiences.

He said: “I think it was a bit of an eye opener for them, instead of just seeing reports on the news and I think it showed them that if something as bad as that can happen to me and I can get on with life, they can too.”

Martin said he was pleased with what the event raised, particularly as a collection box at the Jolly Brewer pub was stolen in June.

He said: “It was nice people chose to support us.”

The event was backed by Stamford Netball League and Morrisons supermarket in Uffington Road.