Luke gets iPad thanks to you

Pte Luke Morrison of Stamford who lost a leg after stepping on an IED in Helmand, Afghanistan

Pte Luke Morrison of Stamford who lost a leg after stepping on an IED in Helmand, Afghanistan

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A WOUNDED paratrooper has thanked generous Mercury readers who have bought him an iPad2.

Pte Luke Morrison, 23, of Stamford, received a black iPad 2 yesterday.

Mercury readers raised a staggering £811 over the last two weeks.

Luke was injured by a land mine in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on February 19. He lost his left foot and suffered multiple injuries to his right leg.

He was released from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on Friday last week after making amazing progress.

Luke is enjoying relaxing with his parents Douglas and Christine, along with sister Hannah.

He will be heading to Headley Court, Surrey, on April 19 to continue his rehabilitation.

His dad Douglas has passed on Luke’s thanks to Mercury readers.

He said: “He is overwhelmed by it and would like to thank everyone who donated and all the Mercury readers.

“It is nice to know that the forces are appreciated for what they are doing.

“He will be over the moon.

“It’s incredible.”

Medical staff at RAF Wittering have been re-dressing Luke’s wounds and also helping him with physiotherapy.

The Mercury has spent £694 on the black iPad2, along with a case.

Luke and his family will decide what to do with the remaining £117.

His uncle Bill Bell is completing a 130-mile canoe trek along the Caledonian Canal in May to raise money for Help for Heroes after being inspired by Luke. Bill be doing the challenge with Howard Jenkins.